Updated: November 4, 2013
Call me considerate, I am mulling up posting a poll asking you what kind of new categories and article types you might want to see on Dedoimedo. Despite my somewhat obvious lack of enthusiasm for smartphones, I am often being asked my opinion, help and advice on some of the related topics. And so, I mellow my heart, and write, for you.
One of the questions asked was, how can one easily and conveniently control an Android device when faced with stupid drivers or a buggy USB connectivity using forced rear orifice induction protocols and such. Indeed, when I was fiddling with an Android phone for the first time some time last year, and recently when I did my LibreOffice Impress remote control tutorial, there were some screenshots that had to be shared. So what's the best way of doing something like that, y'know, sharing stuff, using the device like any other?
Name of the game: Airdroid
This is the application you want. This is a very neat program that lets you connect to your Android devices using Wireless connectivity. It's a Web server of a sort with a nice panel, done with style that goes beyond the typical PHP admin utilities for typical Web servers. Grab it, install it, open it.
Launch the application on your Android phone. There are two ways it will prompt you. One, it will tell you its IP address and port, as well as a six-digit access code, or passphrase if you will, for remote connection. For example, something like: 192.168.2.106, port 8888, code: DEDO4U. Once you have this information, go to any other computer of your choice and navigate to the specified address and port in a Web browser. You can use either HTTP or HTTPS, whichever you fancy.
The other option is that it will prompt you to accept the connection on your mobile device. No access code is required when this method is used. You will probably see one or the other, but not both at the same time, and they depend on your device.
Now, you're on a fancy web page, and you can do anything you want. Check the details of your device, write nonsense stuff on the clipboard, examine your apps, contacts, messages, music, videos, and more. Most importantly, you can also download and upload files, so you do not need to mess with Windows Samba sharing or trying to send yourself various files via email or suchlike. I think this is the definite bonus here, using the simple HTTP protocol to get things done, rather something more complex. And costly.
Works with tablets, too. For example:
And when you want to disconnect, just do it. As simple as that.
Here it is, the end of this short tutorial, almost. I still need to philosophize for a bit about what we did, give you a closure and such. Anyhow, the technical details are fairly trivial in this case. Airdroid works well, and it's utterly simple.
Its best advantage is the ability to upload and download files to the Android device without any complex connectivity. You just need to share the same network, and then forget about Samba, CIFS, FTP, MTP, and other quirky protocols that are not well suited for most smartphones. Sharing files with Airdroid is an efficient task, and I approve of it.
There you go, mission accomplished.