Splashtop Windows 8 app test bed now on Android

In April, a company called Splashtop released a software app for the Apple iPad that allowed developers of Windows 8 Metro apps to test some aspects of their creations on the device. This week, the company has done the same for Android tablets.

Google Play now has the Splashtop software available to download. Like the iPad version, the Android app also requires a Windows 8 PC to be set up with Splashtop's free streamer program. Once both apps are installed, you can then stream your Windows 8 app wirelessly on your PC so you can use it on an Android-based tablet.

The Windows 8 Metro Testbed program allows app developers to test how their touch screen features work. It supports swiping from the left of the Android tablet to switch between Windows 8 apps and also supports swiping from the right to view the Windows 8 Charms menu. The app lets developers test the Windows 8 "snaps" feature which allows two Metro apps to run side by side along with pulling down an app from the top of the screen to close it.

The price for the Android app is $24.99 but that is just for a limited time before it goes back up to its normal price of $49.99.

Source: Google Play

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I tried Splashtop when I had a Touchpad. The client uses TONS of resources on the host you're connecting to. Combine that with the ridiculous price and there's no reason to choose it over a similar RDP/VNC client.

Chris Breeden said,
I tried Splashtop when I had a Touchpad. The client uses TONS of resources on the host you're connecting to. Combine that with the ridiculous price and there's no reason to choose it over a similar RDP/VNC client.

Except that no other VNC or RDP client supports multi-touch and the Windows 8 gestures. Given that this app is much cheaper than going off to buy a new Win 8 tablet to test your apps on, it has a market... just not the average consumer. This is being aimed at developers guys, don't forget that.

Doesn't this affect Windows 8 badly in terms of lower sales as people can get a similar experience on an Android or Apple tablet?

drazgoosh said,
Doesn't this affect Windows 8 badly in terms of lower sales as people can get a similar experience on an Android or Apple tablet?

Nope. This is like VNC or remote desktop connection. Granted, Splashtop is comparably more optimized. You can get the Splashtop app for far cheaper than this and it would work just fine. This is basically $50 to also have Windows 8 touch gestures recognized.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
That's a ridiculous price for something which is basically the same as a vnc client. They're free !!

True while also not true. Can you play the 3D games with native performance via vnc?

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
That's a ridiculous price for something which is basically the same as a vnc client. They're free !!

Much agreed. The only difference I see between this and TeamViewer is that this supports multi-touch gestures. Otherwise, it's just a remote desktop client...

warwagon said,

True while also not true. Can you play the 3D games with native performance via vnc?

You certainly can't on this, according to the reviews.

Omega192 said,

Much agreed. The only difference I see between this and TeamViewer is that this supports multi-touch gestures. Otherwise, it's just a remote desktop client...

Why even Teamviewer, RDP is built right into the OS.

xendrome said,

Why even Teamviewer, RDP is built right into the OS.


Teamviewer is much easier to set up and doesn't require special ports to be opened.

"The price for the Android app is $24.99 but that is just for a limited time before it goes back up to its normal price of $49.99"

woah so expensive

Eins.MY said,
"The price for the Android app is $24.99 but that is just for a limited time before it goes back up to its normal price of $49.99"

woah so expensive

Too expensive to be worth it IMO.

Shadrack said,

Too expensive to be worth it IMO.

Cheaper than going off to buy a brand new Win 8 tablet to test your apps on, also more immediately available.