It seems Google are are on a roll at the moment, yesterday we told you about the new Google Camera application and today we bring you news of the release of Google Remote Desktop for Android. As the name suggests this is a Remote Desktop application for Android that allows you to connect to your Windows or Mac computer via your Android tablet or smartphone even if you are nowhere near it.
The app is based on Chrome Remote Desktop app which launched way back in 2011 and allowed you to be able to access your desktop from another computer or laptop. Unlike other costly services Google’s offering is free.
To use the app you will need to download it from the Google PlayStore and then install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension from the Chrome WebStore which will allow you to connect the two systems together. You will then need to grant access for the remote connection then you will be prompted to enter a PIN code for the PC/Laptop.
Once you have completed these steps the PC name will then appear in the Chrome Remote Desktop page (needs to be selected) before plugging in the same PIN code within the app. Then, you're good to go.
This is a great alternative to more expensive solutions such as Parallels Access. It should be noted that remote desktop does not work with Home or Basic editions, you need to be running a Pro or Enterprise edition of Windows.