Control your Desktop on Galaxy Note

For sometime now, iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad have had remote desktop app but few ever heard of it for the Android. If you care to look, Jump Desktop has one that runs on the Note.

Remotely accessing your desktop have long been the domain of the computer geek and they know how to put this to good use. It is like a personal cloud service, so instead of paying to have it, you just buy the app to remotely access all your files at home.

In the past, you could do it by cleverly hacking your WIFI router and using your MAC address to virtually tap into your home desktop but there security issue. Jump removes the issue by securely identifying your login and gives access to your desktop machine securely.

I have tested this on the Galaxy Note and it runs but there are limitations. The Note is multitasking and should you suddenly want to send off an email from your phone, Jump suddenly stops working. Everything else should work just fine.

Desktop App

You need both the desktop app and the phone app installed for it to work. The desktop app which is OSX and Windows friendly is free. you need to buy the mobile app which can cost you about US1.00 (that’s the price I paid during the offer) so please check with Android market for the latest information on this.

The Desktop app has a menu bar widget that allows you to switch on remote access on the Mac, but you must authorize it to do this the moment it is switched on or else it won’t log you in.

For the sign in, you need to use your google account. If you don’t have one, it wont work.

Mobile App

Downloading the mobile app is easy enough, and there is a link at jumpdesktop.com for you to do this. You can remotely control your desktop from several computers just by registering each one and leaving them on when you need to access files.

So what good is this. For one, you can access your documents for example you may suddenly want to fetch a desktop Word file and have that dropped into your Cloud storage for multiple sharing. All this can be done remotely so that you don’t have to worry about carrying all the files with you as you go along your day.

Documents can also be opened, as you can see, the app when connected as cursor controls which you can use to spring clean your desktop should you be bored out of your wits in some remote corner of town. You can trash files as if you were in front of your computer so that should be quite productive.

On the Galaxy Note, you have more screen real estate to deal with. The AMOLED display also helps with the reading. I think for Tablet use it would even be better.

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Adrian · January 12, 2012

    OK, so off on my hols I go – if I have wifi access while I’m away, could I use this technique to upload photos direct back to the office machine? Assuming I can transfer them to my phone via a USB host cable and CF reader? Me if this is true.

    Thanks,

    Adrian

    PS Do you know if a silicone roll-up keyboard will work with a GN via usb host? I’m not a big Swype fan.

  2. benardquek · January 13, 2012

    Adrian, the remote feature is meant to move files from your desktop to else where, for example from your PC desktop to your phone since the GN has limited storage. The idea behind this is to allow you to access your PC remotely but without FTP access.

    To manage downloads and uploads from your phone to the computer, you can try this.

    https://market.android.com/details?id=control.MyPc&hl=en

    This has FTP access. I am not sure if it will work on the GN as I haven’t tried it.

  3. Adrian · January 13, 2012

    Thanks for that link – I’ll give it a try. Some people have apparently got 64Gb SDHC cards to work with the GN, but I’m sticking to a 32Gb one to be safe. If I can ‘decant’ files from it via wifi that gives be extra backup. Will let you know how it goes 🙂

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