May, 05 2011

Admit it, you have been there, peacefully surfing the web, your Android handset cradled in its charging dock just out of the reach of your fingertips. A text or call comes in and you just can’t bring yourself to stretch out that arm and retrieve your phone. You, sir, are lazy. Luckily there is LazyDroid, a remote access application for your Android phone. Once installed on your handset, LazyDroid provides you with an IP address and port. Enter it in your web browser and like magic, a web-based desktop appears synced with your phone’s messages, contacts, and files. If you are rooted, you even get access to a remote view of your phone’s screen.

What LazyDroid does is create a remote server that allows you to connect to your Android phone via your desktop browser. The result feels a lot like Motorola’s Webtop functionality found on the Atrix 4G, except it isn’t device specific and doesn’t require any expensive accessories. And even though it is only in its first release candidate, it works pretty flawlessly.

Browsing files works like a charm. You can see all the goodies on your phone’s storage and SD card, organize your folders, and download documents and images onto your desktop from your handset. It takes remote file browsing to a level of ease and simplicity that is much welcomed.

So you’re browsing files remotely and a text message comes in. A notification pops up, the new message is retrieved. You can respond directly from the browser. Calls are handled differently. You can’t answer or place calls directly from your computer, but you will get a notification and provided your phone is close enough you can answer. Speakerphone is automatically triggered and you never miss a beat.

There is plenty more to like about LazyDroid, including remote streaming from your Android camera. Create a baby monitoring system, a low budget security cam, whatever your mind can conjure up. The number of useful features jam-packed into LazyDroid is pretty unbelievable.

LazyDroid is not without its flaws. The rather limited Android app is simple and provides only basic settings, but crashes pretty often (particularly if you try to view the app in landscape mode). There is no on/off toggle within the app — once it’s launched it’s launched. For the security-conscious, the app does at least offer the ability to set a password for your remote server.

So if you’re feeling like a lazy droid or just looking for the ultimate way to remotely manage your handset while using your computer — a multi-taskers dream come true — LazyDroid is the app for you. Grab it in the Android Market from the link below.

Android Market Link: LazyDroid

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