Chrome Remote Desktop app hits Android, coming to iOS later this year

Daniel Bader

April 16, 2014 9:56pm

Google has unleashed its Chrome Remote Desktop app on (un)suspecting Android users today, allowing smartphone and tablet lovers to control those old hunks of metal and plastic called computers. For the few remaining Luddites using laptops or *gasp* desktops, Remote Desktop works with a Chrome extension and subsequent Host app on Windows or OS X to take control of registered computers for work, technical support, or a little fun.

Computers must register with a valid Google account and, for security purposes, enter a PIN for verification. Like other VNC or remote desktop applications, Chrome Remote Desktop lets you left-click and double-tap to your heart’s content, and we found performance to be excellent over both WiFi and LTE.

Google says it is working on an iOS version of the app that will debut later this year.

  • Roger

    I just set it up and tried. i like it better than teamviewer so far.

  • Ken Wiebe

    “For the few remaining Luddites using laptops or *gasp* desktops”

    Daniel, you are very uninformed…and really, is this a news post or just coffee talk?

    • Iz3man

      When all you do is chit chat and blog for a job, a desktop or even a laptop is kinda useless. Real jobs I guess need real hardware.

    • Ken Wiebe

      I’m glad companies still produce products for people that actually work for a living. It still upsets me that guys like Daniel make statements like this…it really shows that this is simply a personal post that doesn’t belong here.

    • mastjaso

      What are you talking about? This is a consumer electronics blog, and most consumer do not need a personal machine more powerful than a laptop or desktop.

      I personally love my various computers and electronics but the reality is all a lot of people use them for is basic web browsing which can be handled by a mobile device. I think it was also supposed to be a little tongue in cheek, certainly nothing worth getting worked up about unless you’re sensitive about being called a luddite.

    • Ken Wiebe

      MS: “We provide daily market and industry news & reviews.”

      I guess they should stick to actual facts then instead of “tongue in cheek” random thoughts…

    • mastjaso

      Maybe you should be getting your news from a legitimate news source instead of a blog then.

    • Ken Wiebe

      Sounds like a great idea 😉

  • realitycheck

    damn just tried this… its no teamviewer replacement just yet but its getting there. Its smoother than teamviewer, better compression?

  • Iz3man

    I honestly can’t ever see myself not having a desktop and laptop… CAD just doesn’t happen on a tablet or phone…

    I guess it’s hard to forget that most of us have jobs that need actual computing power…

    • Joseph

      I’m with you but for Photoshop and Lightroom but either way photography tablets and phones just don’t cut it yet.

  • EveryonesOpinion

    Tried it yesterday and it works like a charm. Will definitely be using it often.