There are a couple of ways to remotely view and control your Android from a desktop, but none of them are particularly easy to use. Some require root access, some require subscriptions, and some aren’t really worth using due to low framerates and overall quality. The mind behind Rom Manager, Voice Plus, AllCast, and other popular Android apps has been working on a better way to remote control multiple Android phones and tablets for a while now, and like almost everything Android the work was discovered late last night and leaked before it was finished.
The app is called Vysor, and while it’s not quite finished yet we’ve been using it for a little while now and can’t wait to see the finished product.
Framerate isn’t the best, you won’t be playing fast-paced games or anything, but for most day to day tasks, it’s smooth enough to be enjoyable. You’ll also find the screen on your Android stays on for the transfer to your computer to work, so if you’re doing something that drains the battery faster than the connection to your PC can charge it you’ll have a problem before too long. Dropping the brightness helps a lot, but your usage is going to vary from device to device.
As cool as a nice, free remote control service is, Vysor Share is where the real fun is. Your remote session can be shared with someone else with Vysor installed on their Chrome instance, and that user has the same ability to view and control the existing Vysor session. In his scrambling to properly announce this service after the leak, It’s a cool way to do exactly that, though the lag you experience in Vysor increases in obvious ways with everything streamed over the Internet.
Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it’s finished and prepared for an actual launch. In the meantime, if you’ve been looking for a new way to remotely view and control Android phones and tablets you should absolutely give this a shot.