Google looking to bring remote desktop application to Android devices

Google hasn’t been shy about experimenting with its applications and services. For every successful application or service, there are often several failures that are discontinued after a couple of years. Google’s pioneering spirit and ambition in creating something new is what makes them such an interesting company.

Recently, Google launched a remote desktop client that allows any computer running the Chrome browser remote access. Since the Chrome browser is multi-platform, this powerful tool allows a remote connection with most computers regardless of operating system.

For those who aren’t familiar with the benefits of having a remote desktop connection, it gives the user the ability to access a computer from anywhere in the world as long it is connected to the Internet.  This can be used to potentially help family members, friends, and even co-workers in fixing potential issues on their computer. You can also use it to access files or information remotely while on the go.

According to GigaOm, Google is currently looking to bring its remote desktop application to Android devices. This project has been in development for nearly a year and is still being beta tested by a select few. This feature would be primarily aimed at larger screen devices like tablets but will also work on mobile phones; the Android remote desktop application is expected to be released soon.

Source: GigaOm | Image via Google 

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But...I already use Teamviewer with my device. Or are they talking about connecting the other way round (PC -> Phone/tablet)? Either way, they'll need to bring something new to the table to stand a chance of competing, I think.

yeah but with this you wouldn't need to install another app (ie TeamViewer) as long as you use Chrome already you only have to install the minimal extension

Raa said,
I thought Microsoft had an RDP client for Android...

Exactly my thoughts. It works flawlessly, its free and no limit/ad. I guess Google is being paranoid that one day Microsoft will pull that app. CrazY thoughts

trojan_market said,

Exactly my thoughts. It works flawlessly, its free and no limit/ad. I guess Google is being paranoid that one day Microsoft will pull that app. CrazY thoughts

It needs some extra configuration on NATed or firewalled devices though, and gets even more complicated for home connections with dynamic IPs.

Google's remote desktop would be more similar to Teamviewer than MS RDP, not only because of the issues above but also because much unlike MS RDP it'd be multiplatform.

trojan_market said,

Exactly my thoughts. It works flawlessly, its free and no limit/ad. I guess Google is being paranoid that one day Microsoft will pull that app. CrazY thoughts

Maybe because this isn't dependant on having a Windows OS unlike RDP? It's right there in the article geez...

ichi said,

It needs some extra configuration on NATed or firewalled devices though, and gets even more complicated for home connections with dynamic IPs.

Google's remote desktop would be more similar to Teamviewer than MS RDP, not only because of the issues above but also because much unlike MS RDP it'd be multiplatform.


I see, so if its like teamViewer it is assisted RemoteDesktop in classical term and you will need to install a client software on target machine. is it like that?

trojan_market said,

I see, so if its like teamViewer it is assisted RemoteDesktop in classical term and you will need to install a client software on target machine. is it like that?

Yes, only that the client software is a Chrome plugin.

ichi said,

Yes, only that the client software is a Chrome plugin.


cool I will try it out once its released. The problem with teamViewer is that its slow sometimes (prob due to another layer involved in remote desktops). If Google manages speed + bypassing firewall and dynamic IP issue it would be great.

trojan_market said,
one day Microsoft will pull that app.
They probably will once Google's comes out, they pulled IE on OS X once Safari became available and cited product redundancy.

trojan_market said,

cool I will try it out once its released. The problem with teamViewer is that its slow sometimes (prob due to another layer involved in remote desktops). If Google manages speed + bypassing firewall and dynamic IP issue it would be great.

It's been released already, and for quite some time now: http://goo.gl/V9bJ9

What's yet to be released is the Android client, but it's the same app/protocol. You can try it PC to PC.

I haven't tried it myself yet but I'm skeptical about it being noticeably (if at all) better in performance compared to Teamviewer.
It can be more convenient in some specific scenarios though, it's easier to remotely point someone to a URL to enable sharing than to explain them how to download and install Teamviewer.

I wouldn't ever use this personally, but I think it's great for the average joe.
Soon, any normal non-tech-savvy person will be able to remote desktop into their home PC if they use chrome, that's quite good really.

what the fuzz? any normal person would be able to do so if they had a computer 5 years ago but they have to understand how the technology works and how to set it up. But if it something that is setup with their account there's potential breach of their system.

nickcruz said,
what the fuzz? any normal person would be able to do so if they had a computer 5 years ago but they have to understand how the technology works and how to set it up. But if it something that is setup with their account there's potential breach of their system.

No, any normal person 5 years ago wouldn't be able to do this because non-tech-savvy people didn't have a clue what port forwarding was, most probably still don't today. Yes, there's logmein, but you need to download and install various drivers and whatnot, as far as I can tell, this can be used by non-admin accounts.

This news is one or maybe two weeks old already. I hoped this article was posted to announce it has been released. Sigh...

Give me the local/Wi-Fi version of this and not the globe-connected Google spyware version.

Afterall when they get caught dozens of times data mining for whatever reason besides ads, the general population could give two sh#%$. Can I get caught burglarizing your house of sensitive paperwork dozens of times and you be okay with that? My $0.02

Already using the one from Microsoft which has been working out rather well on my tablets... but *shrug* suppose another option couldn't hurt, if the performance is decent.

Unable to understand what is being discussed in the story - Check

Constant paranoia - Check

You guys are ridiculous sometimes... :/

Related to Remote Desktop but unrelated to Google.. Wasn't Microsoft supposed to bring a Remote Desktop application to Windows Phone?

Grinch said,
Related to Remote Desktop but unrelated to Google.. Wasn't Microsoft supposed to bring a Remote Desktop application to Windows Phone?

My understanding is that VPN is part of 8.1 update.... Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to confirm it....

ians18 said,
Google is like a parasite, hijacking everything that they touch.

... are you going to elaborate on your comment, or are you just looking for "likes"?

ians18 said,
Google is like a parasite, hijacking everything that they touch.

This is bound to come regardless of platform.

Believe it or not IE 6 and XP apps are never ever going to go away. Shoot Citigroup has a IBM 380 emulator which then runs on another IBM 360 emulator to run mission critical nightly account ballances written in freaking punchcard cobol from over 40 years ago!

It won't ever be upgraded as it is too mission critical and there is no way to read the old data which needs to be updated on a daily basis.

I have seen databases which predate SQL written in PIC that runs in 2 emulators because it works and can't be touched.

Some business software is business process oriented where whole departments do tasks for 1 specific piece of software that does it different than everyone else. Upgrade that and no one can do their job as they are hopelessly dependent on quirks for way it processes accounts receivable different than anyone else and only works in IE 6.

If it aint broke do not fix it. Virtualization is the wave of the future as XP will never go away now. Sorry neowin guys but your grandchildren will be running IE 6 and XP in sessions like this. Guarantee it.

So why is Google evil? Even MS is doing this in modern versions of windows like 7 and hyperV. Software never dies.

ians18 said,
Google is like a parasite, hijacking everything that they touch.

What does this have to do with the story at hand? Furthermore, why don't the mods take a more active roll in removing obvious troll comments and try and encourage some actual discussion on the topics at hand. Just look at the first few comments on this post.

More than that, reading these comments I honestly don't know how most users here function in the real world with the level of paranoia they display.

Hollow.Droid said,

What does this have to do with the story at hand? Furthermore, why don't the mods take a more active roll in removing obvious troll comments and try and encourage some actual discussion on the topics at hand. Just look at the first few comments on this post.

More than that, reading these comments I honestly don't know how most users here function in the real world with the level of paranoia they display.


I didn't know I was a troll, last time I checked I was human. Anyways the comment was my personal opinion not for likes or anything.

Google used chrome for a remote desktop application and chrome runs off of Windows, they wouldn't be able to create a remote desktop app without having Chrome. And Google search became popular because of being accessible on many WINDOWS machines. Plus Gmail became popular because of Google Search, and although OneDrive is better, Google Drive is more popular because of Gmail.

Majesticmerc said,

... are you going to elaborate on your comment, or are you just looking for "likes"?

Thanks for giving me the idea...lol.

Order_66 said,

Yes! because it is google they are teh evil!

/s


I never said they were evil, but the only way Google has business is because of Microsoft, or more specifically Windows being able to access their services. I just said they act like a parasite and with the WP Youtube thing and other stuff, Google doesn't care about Windows at all.

ians18 said,


I never said they were evil, but the only way Google has business is because of Microsoft, or more specifically Windows being able to access their services. I just said they act like a parasite and with the WP Youtube thing and other stuff, Google doesn't care about Windows at all.

The only way Microsoft has business is because is the likes of Intel and AMD. I guess that'd make them parasites too?

ichi said,

The only way Microsoft has business is because is the likes of Intel and AMD. I guess that'd make them parasites too?

They don't run their entire business off if one company, or turn around and stab them in the back.

ians18 said,

They don't run their entire business off if one company, or turn around and stab them in the back.

You should give up. You are making yourself look ridiculous.

ians18 said,

They don't run their entire business off if one company, or turn around and stab them in the back.

So are you implying that Google owes to Microsoft because out of all the platforms Google products and services run on they also work on Windows, which coincidentally is the most used desktop platform?

Then the same applies to MS, because out of all the CPU vendors their OS runs on it also runs on Intel processors, which is the most used desktop CPU brand.

Both would be parasitic by your own definition.

Nashy said,

You should give up. You are making yourself look ridiculous.

Fine, mother... I'll plant myself in the corner now.