Google has released an Android version of Chrome Remote Desktop, a service that allows you to access PCs and laptops when away from the machines themselves. As a result, it becomes easier to work from different machines in a variety of locations.
At the moment, the mobile version of Chrome Remote Desktop is exclusive to Android, although Google has said there will be an iOS release later this year.
Alternatives to Chrome Remote Desktop
Google is not exactly introducing the world to a new concept, though. There are already a number of alternative solutions available in the Play Store, such as Splashtop 2.
Perhaps a little surprisingly, Microsoft has actually beaten Google in this particular race to market, and already offers a remote desktop app for Android. This is despite that fact that Microsoft has not yet released a remote desktop app for Windows Phone.
Splashtop 2 and Microsoft Remote Desktop also support a wider range of Android devices. Both apps currently require Android 2.2 Froyo or better, whereas Google’s new release needs at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
As far as desktop operating systems are concerned, it is possible to access machines running Windows XP and above, or Mac OS 10.6 and above.
It is not currently possible to remotely access machines running Linux or Chrome OS.
In the case of Google’s desktop operating system, Android Wafer understands that future support is unlikely. Due to the cloud-dependent nature of Chrome OS, Google does not believe that accessing individual machines remotely serves any particularly useful purpose.
To use Chrome Remote Desktop, you need a Google Account. And to grant access from a desktop computer, there is an app that can be installed from the Chrome Web Store.