Update, July 22: Dutta’s Inkwire is now available as a beta. To try it out you will need to join a Google Plus community and then download it from the Play Store. You can get started right here.
Original post, July 15: You may recognize the name Koushik Dutta – he’s the developer behind Vysor, an app that lets you control your Android smartphone on a desktop, as well as other popular Android apps. And he’s back again, this time with an app called Inkwire.
Vysor and Inkwire do similar tasks, but are different in significant ways. Before Vysor, apps that let you remotely access and control your smartphone required rooting, or the frame rates simply dropped to a point where even simple tasks like typing became torture.
Vysor, however, was one of the first to offer an intuitive and responsive experience. All you had to do was launch the Vysor extension on Chrome, connect and turn on USB debugging on your device, and you could control your phone with your mouse and keyboard. Simple as that.
Inkwire is set to give you the same easy method of remote access, except you don’t need a desktop or ADB. According to Koush, Inkwire is “just plain old Android to Android screen sharing, without the cords.” The app generates a code that is shared with another user to grant them access to your screen.
Since ADB is not required, you won’t be able to control the remote user’s smartphone directly; however, Inkwire will let users draw over the shared screens to show where to touch. On top of that, Inkwire supports voice chat, which will no doubt facilitate communication between users.
If Inkwire is able to provide a smooth and intuitive but also secure experience, it may shift the paradigm of troubleshooting your Android device. No longer will you have to walk around your neighborhood, looking for a phone repair shop, as many things could be done virtually.
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Although we don’t know the official release date for the app just yet, Koush promises that the beta link is coming soon to this community page for Inkwire.
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