AndroMouse Desktop Server
AndroMouse Desktop Server is an uncomplicated piece of software that, with the help of its mobile-based counterpart (AndroMouse), makes it possible for you to transform your Android smart phone into a remote control for your computer.
Straightforward installation and pairing process
Before we get started, you should know that in order to take advantage of what AndroMouse Desktop Server has to offer, you need to make sure that Java is installed on your computer. You also need to make sure that both your computer and mobile phone are connected via Bluetooth or via the same Wi-Fi network.
Subsequent to its installation, you are greeted by an overly-simplistic and compact main window that offers you a minimal set of information about your computer's IP address and the server's status and name. As expected, the server app mostly runs in the background, as most of the work and configuration process is achieved using the mobile app.
Comes with a stripped-down and unimpressive interface
Toggling between AndroMouse Desktop Server's main window tabs, you can also password-protect your connection, modify the TCP and UDP port, as well as change the app's appearance. To make things even simpler, the application also enables you to set custom shortcut keys.
Despite its simplicity and straightforward functionality, we would like to point out that the actual interface of the server app simply looks and feels too outdated, especially on later versions of Windows.
Yes, it does feature system tray integration, but that is simply not enough in our day and age. An improved form of visual feedback for your connection, as well as additional information and customization options should also be provided.
Remote control service that offers you a set of useful features
But, of course, you cannot judge a service only from the server's standpoint and you also need to take into consideration the fact that AndroMouse's overall simplicity is exactly what makes it appealing for beginners.
Once your computer is linked to your Android-based device, the service enables you to use your phone as a remote control mouse (you can click, double-click, right-click, drag and drop, scroll and zoom).
Furthermore, the service provides you with a very useful wireless keyboard and some other self-explanatory mouse extra features, namely Function Keys, Speak-to-Type, Media Remote, File Browser, Presentation and Power Remote which all work great and better than expected.
Not the best remote control service out thee, but gets the job done without fuss
All in all, AndroMouse Desktop Server is a reliable, but somewhat incomplete software solution. As a standalone app, it struggles a bit in the looks department and some more customization options would be more than welcomed. Nonetheless, the application works good and gets the job done.
When both the server and the mobile-based apps are coupled, AndroMouse, as a service, works better than you might be tempted to believe at first.
In terms of looks and features, the service is not yet up there with the best of the business, but it is not extremely far behind either. All that matters is the overall potential for future development and improvement and AndroMouse shows a lot of it.