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Splashtop Remote Desktop

by Splashtop Inc.
Rated: All Ages
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,167 customer reviews)

Price: $4.99
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Product Details

  • ASIN: B004O3YGMC
  • Release Date: March 20, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Access your desktop via your Android phone
  • Play games and watch videos
  • Listen to your entire music library
  • Enjoy full use of your software plug-ins
  • Install easily and connect seamlessly with your home computer

Product Description
Access any file on your home computer remotely

You're out and about with your Android device and you suddenly realize that you need to access a file sitting on your home computer. You're stuck, right? Not if you have Splashtop Remote Desktop, an app that brings your entire computer to your phone or tablet.

Note: If you have an Android 3.x tablet, it is recommended that you download Splashtop Remote Desktop HD. This version features enhanced performance and is optimized specifically for Android 3.x/Tegra-based tablets.

Complete Virtual Access

With this app, you can control your home computer from your Android device via Wi-Fi or a 3G/4G connection. Get Splashtop Remote Desktop and you can view your desktop, use your regular Web browser with your plug-ins and bookmarks, and access all your important PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook files.

Liberate Your Multimedia

Want to listen to music or watch movies that are "trapped" on your computer while you're on the go? Not a problem. Splashtop Remote Desktop can smoothly stream high-res video and audio from your PC or Mac to your Android device. Watch videos in any format (including Flash), listen to your entire music library, and play PC games to your heart's content.

View and listen to all kinds of media formats
Do It All, Wherever You Are

With Splashtop Remote Desktop you can:

• Watch Flash videos (Hulu, AOL Video, Yahoo Video, etc.), DVDs, and Media Center content

• Listen to music stored on your computer in any format (WMV, Real, WMA, MP3, AAC, etc.)

• Play 3D games such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Civilization V, and more

• Play Facebook Flash games like FarmVille, CityVille, Pet Society, Cafe World, FrontierVille, and Mafia Wars

• Use non-Android programs such as Quicken and iPhoto

Note that to use this app, you must also install Splashtop Streamer on your home computer; this can be downloaded free from Splashtop's website. A dual-core CPU is strongly recommended for the best performance. Splashtop Remote Desktop works only devices running Android OS 2.2 or higher. It supports all versions of Windows 7, Vista, and XP, including Home Premium. Mac users must have at least Snow Leopard (10.6).

Winner, Best of CES 2011 Award - Laptop Magazine

"Both a breakthrough and a bargain." - The New York Times

Technical Details

  • Size: 2.9MB
  • Version:
  • Developed By: Splashtop Inc.
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Open network sockets
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

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409 of 433 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish it had encryption but still great for Kindle Fire December 13, 2011
By Thew
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This app works great with the Kindle Fire and will not require any complex steps to get up and running for most people.

My only complaint is the lack of optional end-to-end encryption at the time of this review. This is one reason why Splashtop is so much faster than the competition. On Splashtop's official support forum, they also admit this was done on purpose to maximize performance. This is fine, but I think there should be optional encryption for those who won't mind slower performance in favor of a more secure connection on public wi-fi.

You do indeed need to create a security code for your computer and the Android app so it's not like your computer and your Android device is left wide open to be taken over, but the session can still be snooped on. The good news is that I read a forum post by a staff member on September 1, 2011, that additional security features are being planned. I will edit this review when those security features are released.

Another piece of good news is that encryption isn't really needed when you use this app to connect to your own computers on your own home network as long as your wi-fi is secured properly (preferably using at least WPA2). When using Splashtop on public wi-fi networks at restaurants, cafes, library, airport, etc, you are at a risk since there is no encryption like with some other remote desktop apps for Android. Honestly, most people are not going to bother snooping on your remote desktop session or even know how to do it, but the risk is still there if you happen to be on the same public network as someone savvy and crooked enough to do it.

So for now, I will only use this app on my own home network.
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226 of 252 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest App or Program Ever December 11, 2011
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I have been working with computers since 1977. For the person who wants to remotely see and function with your home computer, this is priceless. It does everything you can do remotely, even a CTR-ALT-DEL. It's like you are sitting in front of it. It even uses any shortcut keys you have set up at home. You can play all of the music, pictures, videos you have on your home computer remotely. I create Microsoft Office documents remotely and file or mail them anywhere. I am an old guy of 70, but when I visit your grandchildren it's great to show them anything I have on my computer at home, even movies of their 1st birthdays. And the biggest feature is it works as an App or on any other computer you have. So when I want to do something involved I can use my laptop from anywhere I can get a WiFi signal, my family room, bathroom, car, Mickey D's or anyone you visit who has WiFi. Easy to install, but Splashtop support is unreal; it's the best I have ever had. I know I sound like I own the company, wish I did, these people know how to run a business.
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133 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this!!!! December 2, 2011
By M.
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I have been trying out so many different applications to sync my Kindle Fire to my desktop, and none really did all I wanted them to do, and some are costly once past the trial period. This application is a true GEM!!!!! Very easy to set up on the Kindle and the desktop. I went immediately to my desktop from the Kindle and it was like being on my desktop! There will be no need to sync two or three different programs now to get all I need. I use the Palm Desktop as I love having a calendar and contacts, memos, and tasks all in one place. I am very spoiled with the Palm desktop and was trying to find something to match it in syncing. With Splashtop - my whole computer is there!! Right now, I would give it a 10 if I could! Definitely a must have!!!!!!!
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge security holes! January 6, 2012
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I can understand how they left encryption for their Pro version. I don't understand how they can leave the remote computer unlocked when you sign in to it. Even the Windows RDP client will keep the remote computer locked when you log in. With this program, the second you log in, someone walking by at the remote computer has full access. There should also be an easy way to turn keyboard prediction off from within the program, so you can easily and securely enter passwords. If you forget to turn prediction off in Android (which means exiting the program and going through some menus), your Android keyboard will end up remembering your passwords as you enter them. Splashtop should just let you treat text boxes on the remote computer as password vs regular text boxes with a simple toggle.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay super quick help December 1, 2011
By Aekero
Verified Purchase
Alright, so on the Kindle fire, I couldn't figure out how to connect using the internet, connecting via lan was easy.

To connect to the internet, as they said, once you've opened the app (but not connected yet), click on the _kindle_ menu at the bottom, then click on the little page icon in that menu, that will get you to the internet discovery screen, then just sign in to gmail and you're done on the kindle side. Just sign in to gmail with the streamer on your pc side too and you'll see it now!

Easy to do, but was frustrating trying to find the settings because I didn't realize it was integrated into the kindle menu...

Anyways, thanks for the help guys, once you're in, this program is actually pretty amazing. Not flawless, but useful and it really gets your inner geek going to be doing it. :)
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Malware? Coincidence?
As a reviewer pointed out, this software does NOT currently provide encryption on either end of the connection. What this means is that if you were using this on an open network, such as Starbucks, etc., and a devious person were "listening" on that network, they could pick up any... Read More
Jan 6, 2012 by Norm Philippi |  See all 2 posts
You may be Breaking the Law if you use this app!
Does this Splashtop Remote Desktop app work on the HD? I know there is another app that specifies HD and it is $4 more. Just wondering.
Aug 24, 2013 by t~n~texas |  See all 2 posts
Linux is open source and each distribution has completely different copyright arrangements. This scares away copyright holders. To read Kindle I use Amazon's new online reader on Linux. I may also try installing the Windows Kindle app in Wine (Windows compatibility layer for linux machines),... Read More
Apr 26, 2013 by Daniel Boom |  See all 2 posts
So I want to sit on my patio and use my android device to select and...
Sorry this is so long since your post, and hopefully you've figured out that you do not need this. You only need a file manager with SMB (ESFile Explorer; Ghost Commander; others). Just access your music on your pc through the android file manager and choose the player (if you have more than... Read More
Nov 17, 2012 by A RHEA |  See all 2 posts
Splashtop vs LogMeIn
One thing... Splashtop has no encryption so the sessions could be snooped unless you're just using it on your own home network to access your home computer. Also, LogMeIn has a fully functional free version.
Feb 19, 2012 by D. Miller |  See all 6 posts
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