Google’s Remote Desktop app gains immersive mode

June 5, 2014
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remote desktop connection screenshot

Remote desktop connection on a Nexus 5

A small update bringing immersive mode is rolling out to Google’s new Chrome Remote Desktop app.

The update changes version number to 36.0.1985.39 and, immersive mode aside, doesn’t seem to change the app’s functionality. In the previous version, the persistent toolbar at the top of the UI was taking up precious real estate, especially on smartphones. Now the remote desktop can be viewed and used in full screen mode, with an unobtrusive button at the top allowing you to bring back the toolbar. The update is only available to Android 4.4 KitKat users.

Google launched the Remote Desktop Android app in April. The app requires the target computer to run the Chrome browser with a special extension installed. In our testing, we found it fast and responsive, although it’s not the most feature-rich remote app of its kind. TeamViewer and other options for remote desktop connection are available in the Play Store, but Google’s app is free and easy to use, and should be good enough for most non-pro users.

To skip the wait for the update, XDA-Developers’ Will Verduzco uploaded a Google-signed .apk file that you can safely install.

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