—Android: If you’re sitting at your computer, there’s no reason to be hunched over your phone editing contacts and sending text messages. LazyDroid puts your Android phone’s functions right in your web browser, so you don’t even need to pick it up.
We’ve featured a few ways to use your phone from your desktop, but few have been as seamless as LazyDroid. If your phone and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can open up your web browser and send text messages, browse your phone’s filesystem, edit contacts, view your GPS location, and even receive calls.
Just install the LazyDroid server on your phone and start it up. It’ll give you an IP address from which you can access your phone. Just type that address into your web browser of choice, and you’ll get a Windows-like desktop with icons for SMS, Contacts, your Filesystem, your Camera, and other stuff. Just double-click on something to access that feature on your phone, without even picking it up off your desk. If your phone rings, you’ll get a notification on the LazyDroid desktop—which you can use to answer your call and then talk through your phone with a Bluetooth headset. You can even check your phone’s GPS location. If you’re sick of using your phone’s tiny keyboard, this is the app to get for remote control. Nothing we’ve tried yet has worked as smoothly as this.
LazyDroid is a free download for Android devices. If you want to use it via USB instead of Wi-Fi, you can download a Windows client for that too.
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