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AirDroid 3 blurs device lines even further with new PC and Mac clients, Android screen mirroring

Ian Paul | Dec. 4, 2014
The popular AirDroid utility that blurs the line between your PC and Android phone is finally coming out of the cloud and onto your desktop, with standalone clients for Windows and Mac. The new programs, which are part of AirDroid 3's rollout on Wednesday, means you can get persistent notifications for messages, Android apps, and accept or dismiss phone calls on your desktop--no open browser tab necessary.

If you're wondering why you'd want a feature like this, imagine getting a notification for a new message in BlackBerry Messenger or Whatsapp.

Clicking the AirDroid 3 notification on your desktop automatically opens a mirroring connection to your phone if available. Once it's established, you can answer your messages without bothering to grab your handset that could be across the room or in another part of the house or office.

Despite its current problems, it's clear that once the kinks are worked out, AirDroid 3 is going to be a powerful way to interact with your phone from the desktop. Even though the focus with AirDroid 3 was on the new desktop apps, Sand Studio said the web app is still just as important and the company will "continue to invest heavily in it."

To use the new version of AirDroid you'll have to update your mobile devices to the latest version, which was also released Wednesday. 

 

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