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A huge overhaul is coming to AirDroid, the awesome app that brings Continuity to Android

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:53PM EST
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We have covered AirDroid several times in the past here on BGR, and there’s a reason it keeps popping up: it’s one of the best and most useful Android solutions in the world. Long before Continuity was even a glimmer in an Apple engineer’s eyes, AirDroid by Sand Studio brought Android device users all of the functionality Continuity offers and much, much more.

And now, Sand Studio has revealed to BGR that a complete overhaul of its Android device management solution will be released in the coming weeks.

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AirDroid is an Android app and web app combo that allows users to control their Android smartphones or tablets from any Windows PC or Mac computer. A simple app is installed on the Android device and then a connection is made over the Internet from any popular web browser, allowing users to send and receive messages, browse files, see notifications, capture photos, install apps and much more.

The solution is already quite robust, but Sand Studio will soon release a major update that improves AirDroid in a number of key areas.

With AirDroid 3, Sand will introduce a major user interface overhaul that modernizes the look of the app on PCs. What’s more, the company is finally giving users one of the features they have been clamoring for: native apps for Windows and for OS X. So now, instead of confining users to a browser tab, AirDroid will run as a dedicated app.

The initial AirDroid 3 desktop client will include the following features, with many more coming in future updates:

  • Files: Transfer between a computer and an Android device.
  • SMS: Receive and reply to SMS.
  • Notification mirroring: Android app notifications are pushed to the desktop in real time.
  • Calls: Get incoming call alerts and reject calls with a message.
  • Contacts: Manage contacts.
  • Air Mirror

The last feature listed above, Air Mirror, mirrors an Android device’s screen on a connected computer and allows users to control apps on the device with a mouse. With this solution, users can control any app on their smartphones or tablets without any special work needed from third-party developers.

Finally, AirDroid 3 will also introduce secure E2EE encryption to ensure that data is protected.

Sand Studio told BGR that it plans to release AirDroid 3 in late November or early December. In the meantime, for those who haven’t yet tried the app, you can download AirDroid 2.1 by clicking the following link:

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A few images of AirDroid 3 follow below to give you a taste of what’s in store.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.


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