AirDroid 2.0 hits Google Play with WiFi-independent access and remote phone control

Daniel Bader

April 26, 2013 10:11am

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After a long, long wait, AirDroid for Android has been updated to version 2.0 on the Play Store, and it brings a ton of new features and some much-needed performance improvements.

AirDroid, at its core, is a piece of software you access from your desktop web browser that allows for interaction with your device without plugging it in. While AirDroid 1.0 did a bunch of great stuff, like allowing you to transfer files wirelessly from your computer to your phone and vice versa, it was “tethered” to a local WiFi connection. Its sequel has no such limitation, allow for access over cellular connections from anywhere.

New features include remote phone control, including the ability to locate your device on a map and security wipe it if it gets into the wrong hands. It also works to notify you of incoming calls or SMSes, much like the popular MightyText app (that was also recently updated with similar functionality). AirDroid also enables remote camera functionality, which can turn on your phone’s rear camera without alerting the person using it. This can be used for surveillance purposes or to identify someone who has stolen the phone.

AirDroid is a free, ad-supported download.

Source: Google Play
Via: Android Police

  • Plazmic Flame

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Google needs to add this to the core of Android and make this their desktop software, which is all through the browser. Amazing!

    • Tommy Crosby

      Indeed, this is one of the rare time I will say that Google need to buy someone.

  • Justin Crowley

    hands down one of the best apps for Android

    • Peter Chen

      Agreed, this is one reason what annoys me with iOS because iOS requires you to have iTunes installed where this only requires a web-browser.

  • Aiden

    I know there are other apps like this out there. Can anyone recommend anything better, or is this the bee’s knees?

    • Justin Crowley

      this is the bee’s knees :)

    • The Smurf

      Judgement reserved until the functionality is actually there. For the moment, it’s not working at all over cellular.

    • Owen Finn

      It’s not working, period. Nothing is working. Their server is overloaded. That tells you something about the app, doesn’t it?

    • The Smurf

      It tells me this is not the app I’d use to find or wipe my phone in an emergency.

    • Gary M.

      I used to like it, then they changed and I believe now you are required to register and log on via the web site I believe. I didn’t like that too much.

      I now use one called Wifi File Transfer, search on Google Play, it’s by smarterdroid.

      *edit* Only free for files that are limited in size. I bought it I liked it so much.

  • Aiden

    OK so I’ve been trying to get this app to work for the past few minutes but it simply will just not connect to the device over 3G/4G. I don’t think you can connect over a cellular network, I think it’s only WIFI because it’s not working at all for me and the developer website doesn’t even list that functionality at all in the FAQs.

    • dinmab

      same here. :(

    • Willuminati☆Imortali

      Yeh, same here…its been stuck on “Searching for device” for the past 20 minutes

  • ineptone

    I’ve loved AirDroid from the beginning and it sounds like it has just gotten that much better and more convenient.

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    The app seems to be working as expected but it only sees 12GB of my 32GB SD card