AirDroid, a popular tool that blurs the line between PC and Android devices has been updated to add AirMirror, as well as standalone clients for Windows and Mac. As the name suggests the feature mirrors your Android’s on-screen activities to your computer. So in essence you will be able to run Android apps including WhatsApp and other messaging apps on your computer.
The AirMirror feature allows anyone with a rooted Android phone or AirDroid-certified handset to beam (mirror) the on-screen activities of an Android device to the browser as well as PC and Mac clients. The company has also promised to offer support for Android 5.0 Lollipop soon. Mirroring will also enable you to access your WhatsApp and any other app from your computer.
In our brief testing, we found the AirDroid’s OS X client fairly buggy, and limited. Several of its core functionalities are simply not available on the desktop platform just yet. The web app still prevails over the standalone desktop clients. But we expect things to change soon when more features make their way to the desktop clients. The user interface on the desktop apps, however, is a lot simpler and organized than its web counterpart. There are separate sections for SMS, file-transfer, call logs etc.
For those who haven’t used AirDroid before, it’s a very handy app that lets users access SMS app and the file system from one’s computer. You can also download the apps you have installed on your device as well as remotely install an app onto your phone and tablet. Once you’ve connected your computer to your Android device, you’ll be provided with a web link that you need to paste on a browser to access your device.
You can download the latest version of AirDroid from here.