Download AirDroid 2 APK, Now With Remote Camera, Find My Phone Features [Android]

AirDroid 2AirDroid 2 – browser (web) interface
AirDroid is a free Android application that you can use to control your Android device from your desktop, by using a web browser (so it on Linux and any other OS). It can be used to transfer files (upload to the phone or download to your desktop), browse images, quickly send or read an SMS and many others.
We’ve covered AirDroid before, so take a look at our initial post for more info.

The latest AirDroid 2 beta could only be downloaded by using an invitation, but the apk can now be downloaded by everyone, although it’s not on Google Play just yet. The new version comes with many cool new features such as a new “Find my phone” service, a remote camera feature and others.
AirDroid2 Android appAirDroid 2 Android app
Here are some of the new features available in the latest AirDroid 2:
new remote Remote Camera feature: take photos using your phone from the AirDroid web interface;new “Find my phone” feature which uses the device GPS to display its current position, useful if you lose your phone or it gets stolen. You can remotely lock or wipe the phone;quick drag’n’drop area: you can now drag and drop files or apks in a special drag’n’drop area to quickly upload / install them to the Android phone or tabled, without having to open the AirDroid file manager;new option to take a screenshot of your Android device from AirDroid web interface. This feature requires root access on the Android device;the Android device doesn’t have to be in the same wireless network as the computer you’re using to access it and you can now use AirDroid over 3G / 4G;other small new features: quick access to frequent contacts, add folder shortcuts on the web interface desktop, etc.

Below you can see a few screenshots with some of the new AirDroid2 features in action:
AirDroid2 remote cameraRemote camera
AirDroid2 find my phoneFind my phone
AirDroid2 screenshotRemote screenshot feature

When you start AirDroid v2, you’ll be prompted to login with your AirDroid account so if you don’t have one, you’ll have to create it. Please note that I’ve encountered an error when trying to create an account: AirDroid allows you to use Twitter, Google and other services to create the account and if the username entered exists on Twitter (even though you didn’t select Twitter) but it’s not your account, you won’t be able to register, so you may have to enter an username that doesn’t exist on Twitter. Some users have reported some other more or less similar issues when registering and the AirDroid developers are working on a fix for this.
You can still use AirDroid 2 without an account, but you won’t have access to all the features. For instance, you’ll be able to control the camera from the browser, but the phone finder service won’t work and you won’t be able to transfer files over 3G / 4G. You can, however, transfer files over WiFi if you’re not using an AirDroid account. When you start it, enter the local address (e.g: 192.168…) in a web browser, and you’ll then be prompted to accept this connection on your device and you’re ready to go (no password is required any more):
AirDroid2 local connection no accountAccept connection (local, no account)
Another small issue I’ve encountered was when using a local connection (without an AirDroid account) and a HTTPS connection: the web page (AirDroid web interface) wouldn’t load in Firefox, but it did work in Google Chrome. However, let’s not forget that AirDroid v2 is still in beta, so all of these small issues should be fixed soon!

Since AirDroid v2 is still in beta, new features might be added later on.

AirDroid is probably the best solution to transfer files to/from your Android 4.0+ device on Linux, considering the current issues with this. Or, you can use Go-mtpfs which works, but is not so easy to use as AirDroid.

Download AirDroid v2
Download AirDroid 2 (beta) apk

I’ve tested AirDroid 2 beta using a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone running CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly (Android 4.2.1).

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How To Properly Mount Android 4.0+ Devices In Ubuntu Using Go-mtpfs

Mounting an Android 4.0+ device in Ubuntu is pretty tricky, but there is a FUSE filesystem called Go-mtpfs, created by a Google employee because “mtpfs was very unstable” for him, which works great. Read on to find out how to use it and easily install it in Ubuntu using a PPA!
Also see: AirDroid: Manage Your Android Device Using A Browser, however, there are cases when you can’t use AirDroid.
By default, when connecting an Android device to an Ubuntu computer, gvfs is used via gphoto2 (because gvfs doesn’t have native MTP support yet). And that doesn’t always work properly.
Here’s my experience with this: trying to mount my Android 4.2.1 phone fails most of the time (I’ve experienced the same behaviour with Android 4.1 too), usually with some “Sorry, could not display all the contents of “Android”: Timeout was reached” errors. It does work at times, but it’s very slow and with such an unreliable behaviour, an alternative is always nice.
I didn’t try mtpfs but it seems that’s not reliable any more either, but what I did try is Go-mtpfs and it works great under Ubuntu 12.10: it’s fast and it works every time. Well, unless I forget to unlock the phone when I mount it (it’s probably something sleep-related because it doesn’t always happen), but anyway.
I’ve found out about Go-mtpfs from Bilal’s blog and I figured it’s a bit complicated for regular users to compile it so I’ve packaged Go-mtpfs and uploaded it to the WebUpd8 Unstable PPA. Along with Go-mtpfs, I’ve also packed a custom Unity launcher and a script, to be able to easily mount and unmount your Android device without having to use the command line.
Go-mtpfs Ubuntu Unity quicklists
However, while my script (which is used by the custom Unity launcher) tries to display a notification if an error occurs, it shouldn’t be considered reliable for properly displaying the errors so my recommendation is to mount / unmount your Android 4.0+ phone or tablet via command line so you can see any possible errors.

Video: see Go-mtpfs in action
Below you can watch a video I’ve recorded, demoing Go-mtpfs in Ubuntu 12.10 (as well as the custom Unity launcher / script I’ve created for it):

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(In the beginning, I’m showing what happens when you try to mount an Android device with without Go-mtpfs, so it’s all waiting and a bunch of errors, if you want to skip to the Go-mtpfs part, skip to 2:05.)

Install Go-mtpfs in Ubuntu
Go-mtpfs is available in the WebUpd8 Unstable PPA, for Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10 and 12.04. Add the PPA and install it using the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install go-mtpfs
To also install the custom Unity Launcher for Go-mtpfs which lets you mount or unmount the Android device from the Unity Launcher, use the command below:sudo apt-get install go-mtpfs-unity
Note: I’ve only tested it in Ubuntu 12.10, using a Samsung Galaxy S II phone (with both Android 4.1 and 4.2.1).

Why did I use the Unstable PPA? Well, I’ve built Go-mtpfs against the latest libmtp 1.1.5 which is not available in the official Ubuntu repositories and while it didn’t break anything, it’s better to be safe. Since our Unstable PPA only has a few packages, it can easily be purged in case something doesn’t work properly (but everything should work, that’s just to make sure). The PPA only has Synaptic GTK3 for Precise and Quantal right now.


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Foobnix Music Player Gets New Ubuntu PPA

A quick update for our Ubuntu readers using Foobnix: the player has a new PPA, so remove the old one and add ppa:foobnix-team/foobnix-player instead.

Foobnix music player
For those not familiar with Foobnix, this is a very interesting music player available for Linux, Windows, Mac OSX and even Android that comes with a clean design and can play formats ranging from mp3, mp4, aac, audio CDs, wma to FLAC, WavPack (WV), Musepack, CUE and many others (and can convert between audio formats). Among its features are:a huge list of built-in online radio stations; scrobbling, including for radios;customizable global hotkeys;equalizer;display album cover, lyrics; integration which can display your favourite songs, top songs from an artist, more;integration with VKontakte (VK), a controversial social network that, among others, allows users to upload (but not to download), search and stream music, kind of like Grooveshark;more!
Here are a few more Foobnix screenshots:

Foobnix music player
Foobnix music player
Foobnix music player

Install Foobnix in Ubuntu using the new PPA
To add the new Foobnix PPA and install the latest Foobnix player in Ubuntu, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:foobnix-team/foobnix-player
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install foobnix
For other Linux distributions, Windows, Mac OSX or Android, see the Foobnix downloads page.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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