Have you ever needed to grab a file from your computer, but you're away from home? Maybe you want to play simple PC games on your phone, or use Windows-only software on your Chromebook. Whatever you want to do, remote desktop applications allow you to connect to your computer from a phone, a tablet, or another computer.
Here, we'll go over the best options for remotely connecting to a computer from an Android device, or a Chromebook with support for Android applications.
Splashtop is one of the leading pieces of remote desktop software, not to mention app of choice for NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang when he wants to play Skyrim on his tablet. Now, Splashtop 2 HD has hit the Play Store, bringing pinch-to-zoom support, a new interface, and a very attractive price tag of free, for the time being.
As of right now, the app is free on the Play Store, however Splashtop says that this deal will only be available "for a limited time." Now, according the Play Store rules, a developer cannot convert a free app into a paid app, so it's unclear just how this will work once the developer ends the free period.
Splashtop makes some great remote desktop software. I like Splashtop. So please friends, readers, and developers over at Splashtop, keep in mind my love for the company as a whole when I say the following sentence: Charging users $25 to try out Windows 8 on an Android tablet is an absurd, opportunistic, rip off of an idea. Most disappointingly, it will work for a small minority of users. And their money spends just the same as any other.
The madness begins when you discover that the $25 entry fee to the Windows 8 tablet show is a steep discount.
In my opinion, having remote access to your desktop or laptop computers from your Android tablet is a must-have feature for all tablet owners. While there are several ways to do this, Splashtop is among the best. The thing is, the tablet optimized version (as well as the Tegra 3 version) is a bit on the pricey side. For a limited time, however, the Splashtop team has slashed the prices of their remote desktop apps in the Play Store.
For the rest of today and tomorrow, you can score either the HD version of Splashtop or the THD version for a mere $4.99.
To celebrate a successful launch on the Blackberry Playbook, the makers of Splashtop Remote Desktop HD have trimmed its price to $6.99 in the Android Market, down from its previous $9.99 price tag.
Splashtop's remote desktop client is one of the most popular apps of its kind, boasting over 5 million mobile users, and optimization for Tegra 2 tablets.
The app allows users surprisingly sophisticated control of their desktop computer from anywhere with an internet (or 3G/4G) connection, providing access to PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, Microsoft Outlook, 3D games, full computer browsing, and various other software not available for Android.
If you've been looking for a great remote access client at a reasonable price, or have been waiting for a good bargain on Splashtop, now's your chance.
Having the ability to access your desktop or laptop computer from your mobile device is one of the easiest ways to ensure you always have the files that you need, and Splashtop's remote desktop software is on sale today in the Amazon Appstore for $0.99 to help you do just that.
Update: Looks like it's free at GetJar. Save yourself a buck and pick it up from there. Thanks, Brandon!
Splashtop Remote Desktop, normally $9.99 (though it has been on holiday sale for $4.99), offers smooth HD streaming of remote systems, allowing you to watch videos, listen to music, edit documents, and anything else that would normally do while sitting in front of your computer.