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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Ubuntu For Phones Announced Today

ubuntu for phonesThe mysterious “so close you can almost touch it” countdown from the ubuntu.com website has just expired, revealing a new operating system for mobile phones: Ubuntu Phone OS.

Check out the trailer and Mark Shuttleworth’s presentation of Ubuntu Phone OS videos below:

(direct video link)

(direct video link)

According to The Verge, Ubuntu for phones is built around the Android kernel and drivers, but doesn’t use a Java Virtual Machine and also, it supports both ARM and x86 processors.

It’s important to note that right now, Canonical tries to find manufacturers to ship with Ubuntu Phone OS, so there’s not an actual phone, but only the platform.

Ubuntu phones aren’t yet available for purchase, but we are ready to start working with partners with an aim to releasing phones before the end of 2013.

You can see Ubuntu for phones demonstrated at the Ubuntu booth at CES next week and we’ll be showing it again at MWC in Barcelona in February.

– Canonical blog

Jane Silber says on the Canonical blog that Ubuntu for phones will make use of the installable web apps available in Ubuntu 12.10. Also, there’s a QML-based Ubuntu SDK that developers can use to create native apps that work both on the desktop and the phone and then deliver then in the Ubuntu Software Center.

In a later article, Jono Bacon explains that Ubuntu Phone OS comes with the same feature available in Ubuntu for Android: when docked, the phone turns into a full Ubuntu desktop:

Ubuntu Phone OS Docked

Here are some screenshots / images via ubuntu.com (some aren’t available on the website directly):
Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu Phone OS screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu Phone OS screenshot

Ubuntu Phone OS screenshot

Ubuntu Phone OS

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Ubuntu For Phones Announced Today

ubuntu for phonesThe mysterious “so close you can almost touch it” countdown from the ubuntu.com website has just expired, revealing a new operating system for mobile phones: Ubuntu Phone OS.

Check out the trailer and Mark Shuttleworth’s presentation of Ubuntu Phone OS videos below:

(direct video link)

(direct video link)

According to The Verge, Ubuntu for phones is built around the Android kernel and drivers, but doesn’t use a Java Virtual Machine and also, it supports both ARM and x86 processors.

It’s important to note that right now, Canonical tries to find manufacturers to ship with Ubuntu Phone OS, so there’s not an actual phone, but only the platform.

Ubuntu phones aren’t yet available for purchase, but we are ready to start working with partners with an aim to releasing phones before the end of 2013.

You can see Ubuntu for phones demonstrated at the Ubuntu booth at CES next week and we’ll be showing it again at MWC in Barcelona in February.

– Canonical blog

Jane Silber says on the Canonical blog that Ubuntu for phones will make use of the installable web apps available in Ubuntu 12.10. Also, there’s a QML-based Ubuntu SDK that developers can use to create native apps that work both on the desktop and the phone and then deliver then in the Ubuntu Software Center. For the display server, X.Org is used, but this may change.

Ubuntu Phone OS is still Ubuntu, so while the applications will need a new UI optimized for phones to look and behave properly, you can still install any application available for Ubuntu on Ubuntu Phone OS, as long as it’s available for that architecture (ARM, x86).

In a later article, Jono Bacon explains that Ubuntu Phone OS comes with the same technology available in Ubuntu for Android: when docked, the phone turns into a full Ubuntu desktop:

Ubuntu Phone OS Docked

Here are some screenshots / images via ubuntu.com:
Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu Phone OS screenshot

Ubuntu for phones screenshot

Ubuntu Phone OS screenshot

Ubuntu Phone OS screenshot

Ubuntu Phone OS

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



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