16
Jan
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Do you use AirDroid? You should. It's a fantastic piece of software. While Google tends to prefer using cloud services to manage your data, there is no central app that can access and change anything on your device. This app fills that need and does so amazingly. It's so great that we gave away 20 invites to the v2 beta recently. Now, the invite-only requirement is gone and it's available to anyone who can download it. Plus, it has some sweet new features you'll want to see.

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One of the new features of Airdroid 2 is the ability to remotely access your phone's camera via the web browser. This is awesome. It worked perfectly when I tried it (over WiFi, to be fair) and, of course, I did what every child-at-heart does: I pointed my camera at my computer screen and started waving it around going "Whooooosh!" Of course, more practically, this could be very useful for taking photos and saving them to your desktop. The camera icon allows you to snap a picture which goes directly to your default download location, instead of your phone. Neat.

Additionally, there is a new "Find Phone" feature that allows you to pinpoint your handset's location with whatever information it has available. I tested it with GPS turned on and it found my location immediately. Once I switched GPS off, it continued to show me the last place that it was found at. It's unclear yet how well this would work over the long-term for frequent travelers, but something is better than nothing. Especially for free.

All-in-all, AirDroid is already a fantastic piece of software, and these new features are incredible additions. Of course, this is only what we discovered after a few minutes of fiddling with it and is by no means a comprehensive feature list. If you want to try it out for yourself, you can download the beta here. So, are you finding anything else that's new?

Download: AirDroid v2 APK

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    I hope the holo-ise the interface. It's nice, and I love AirDroid, but it's kinda faux-holo, and that's not good.

    • didibus

      To be fair, you don't really use the interface on the phone itself. And their web UI is gorgeous, so I think this is where they focus their time and efforts.

  • woj_tek

    A QR do download would be neat ;)

    as for AirDroid2 - is it any faster? I use it mainly (well... exclusively to be honest) to text from my PC and often refreshing views takes quite a bit...

    • letsplaaay

      Do you use Chrome? Here is a neat extension that helped me tremendously.

      https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/qr-code-tag-extension/bcfddoencoiedfjgepnlhcpfikgaogdg?hl=en

      • woj_tek

        yup, thanks! :D

    • Kenny O

      If you like to text from your PC, try Mighty Text. It allows you to text from a tablet and/or PC . It works great. I've tried both DeskSMS and Mighty Text and find that I prefer Mighty Text.

      • woj_tek

        actually I tired both and found DeskSMS more convenient - being able to text from MirandaIM (I have gtalk set up in it - it's very hady) was better experience than having a browser with webpage constantly in the background... but unfortunatelly I was surprised that "free" DeskSMS wasn't actually free... pity they hide this info because i could actually pay for it :/

        • Kenny O

          Yes, I agree having to be in the browser is a major draw back to MightyText, but I like the UI much better and it seems to be faster and more responsive in my experience. I also like Mighty Text's tablet app a lot better. I was using Tablet SMS (which is what brought me over to Desk SMS) but it would constantly seem to disconnect and I would get notifications.

  • mechapathy

    AirDroid is a great piece of software, and it's good to see the developers are committed to making it even better. Three cheers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Such a great app already, I'm excited to use the new features.

  • Kenny O

    Every time I have tried to register it says registration failed, I've tried every possible method. What am I missing?

    I did get it to work by scanning the QR code and is is pretty sweet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I could only get it to work by logging in using Twitter. Works great now.

  • http://czonin.deviantart.com/ Corey Zonin

    Anyone getting the "failed to load twitter info" when trying to register?

    • maxrebo

      Yup, I get the same thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I did as well and chose to log in using twitter instead of facebook or google. Works for me now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/leftfordead Jesse Campo

      Yes sir, pretty dumb

    • DarkSwiss

      Yes, have the same error. I dont have a twitter account. any alternatives? google and facebook didn't work

    • CuriousCursor

      For a second, I thought you were me.

    • http://twitter.com/AirDroidTeam AirDroid.com

      Our developers are working on this issue now. Stay tuned for an update soon. Thanks for all your participation. - AirDroid Team

    • Justice Seeker

      http://airdroid.com/invite/airdroid_v2.apk

      Updated Airdroid 2, got it after saying them the issue, you wont find any issues with this app..

  • Kcls

    I transferred the Airdroid2 apk to my phone using Airdroid!

    On a side note, how do you have almost 30Gb free on your GN?!

    • mechapathy

      My GN looks like that too. Mostly because all my music and pictures are in the cloud instead of on my device. 5GB is a hell of a lot of apps.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I used Chrome To Phone :)

    • Adrian

      Sprint galaxy nexus

  • Scott Breitbach

    I'm having trouble understanding the purpose of the "Find Phone" feature. Don't you need to have the phone right there with the app open to access it via AirDroid?

    • woj_tek

      Being in the same network is not required anymore...

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      Nope. You can log into your phone from any browser anywhere even if your phone is halfway across the planet.

    • br_hermon

      The other guys are right, you don't need to be on the same wifi network anymore BUT... They didn't entirely address your question. You're right too, the app needs to be open to make the connection so... Either A. There will be some way to remotely open air droid, B. Air droid will now run in the background all the time so it's available when called upon, or C. something else the developer has come up with that I didn't :)

      • didibus

        Seems like it's using Push. Hopefully using Google Cloud service so it doesn't drain the battery.

    • http://twitter.com/AirDroidTeam AirDroid.com

      You can sign in to AirDroid even when the app is not open on the device with our new push service. Try it :-)

  • atonee

    Still no landscape mode. This is ridiculous.

  • Jason

    Works great...

    Transfer speed to/from the Nexus 7 is improved...

  • http://www.facebook.com/marc.kessens Marc Kessens

    in addition, it would be nice if you could wipe/factory reset your phone remotely, if it was stolen or such.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      There are so many other apps for just this purpose.

  • Ivan Lisenkov

    Does it requre some starnge browser plug-in, still?

    Can't use Airdroid1 because of this.

    • Simon Belmont

      No. It just runs directly from your phone or tablet to your computer's web browser.

      It's connected via Wi-Fi and your phone or tablet's IP address on your WLAN. It's rather easy to set up, and extremely useful.

    • didibus

      Hum, it's HTML5 based I believe, so maybe you have JavaScript turned off?

    • haridsv

      Or a crappy browser like IE? ;-)

  • MrMLK

    It looks like they still haven't fixed the bug related to the SD card. They are still showing the internal and external storage as the same.

    • Sootie

      You can still access your SD card it just comes under the mount folder

  • Simon Belmont

    Awesome! I was waiting for this. I absolutely love AirDroid. I use it all the time to quickly transfer files to and from my phone and tablet.

    I also stream music from my phone tablet to my computer, and send/receive text messages like an Instant Messenger. AirDroid rocks!

  • Jeffrey Beumel Jr.

    i have not been able to register an account all day since i received the email from them this morning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MyFlower Tomáš Maněna

    I was so looking forward to this, but it's very bugged, at least on my Transformer Prime. Connection gets broken all the time (like every 15 seconds), my camera is upside down, in music "app" all I can see are my ringtones and music files I don't even know that are there, no landscape support, only way to log in is through Twitter and I can't even change my username (and btw, lack of "re-type your password" field to make sure I didn't make a typo is very bad idea)... I'm very disappointed and I hope final release will be much better.

    • Jonathan Haynes

      Same here. My camera's upside down, and a video I really wanted to keep is unreadable after using AirDroid. I haven't googled far, so likely there's a solution I am yet to see.

  • philnolan3d

    This looks like it works very similarly to the Web PC Suite in File Expert, though it looks like this has more options.

  • GragonV

    Great :D.

    Btw, any remote feature like TeamViewer (especially the version for (DAMN ONLY) Samsung? ) I really need a tool which can be used for remoting an Android device screen to screen from my computer :( (for supporting my family from another city)

    • didibus

      Like remote into Android from your PC, or remote to your PC from Android?

      • enomele

        Hen wants to control a phone from a PC.

  • digi_owl

    Just wish the file transfer handled folders in firefox as well.

  • Shahzada Shaheryar

    brilliant... specially the screenshot option.. u can simply use to view images.. .. on you Monitor..

  • plasid93

    So are we connecting to our devices through the internet now (cloud), or is it still via our Wi-Fi network? I would check myself but I'm also getting the errors. The fact that Airdroid allowe(d) us to access our device through our home network (not using cap) was a massive drawcard.

    • plasid93

      Okay never mind. I see it's still the same, only better!

  • Justice Seeker

    http://airdroid.com/invite/airdroid_v2.apk < Updated Airdroid 2, got it from Airdroid after posting issues found in the app.

  • valapsp

    It gives me this error:

    You must install the new apk to continue to your airdorid journey. :(

  • Stephane L. Guillou

    Just got introduced to this after it was posted on LifeHacker. I definitely enjoy AirDroid2. Hopefully a manual of some sort can be laid out. What is the sole purpose of AirDroid2; is it to locate lost phones or have a web interface without interacting with your phone?

    Anyways, as I posted on LifeHacker, the application and the web browser need to be paired before leaving one's house if you were to use this application as a phone finder. Your phone doesn't automatically connect AirDroid2 when accessing your profile from a web browser. If this was changed, I would enjoy this application even more. I already enjoy it because of it's web interface and how I can text from my browser or make a call (haven't done yet) without picking up my phone. Overall, I'll give this 3.5-4 stars.

    How do you access the front camera of your phone from the web interface? I can only turn on the rear camera.

    Using it on my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II.

  • http://twitter.com/KikooKubus Kristián Kubus

    Probably best piece of software for my phone.

  • paulfoel

    Fails connecting to device

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.newlands Donald Newlands

    The download link redirects to the v2 "desktop" page. Does anyone know if there is a new download link?

  • Adnan Khoja

    can i share may data to another city for some one using aridriod software

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