LogMeIn Ignition is an app for remotely accessing Windows PCs(s msft) or Macs (s aapl) from a mobile device. The folks behind LogMeIn are preparing an update for the Android version of Ignition that’s fully optimized with support for tablets. We have an advance copy of the update, and offer this sneak peek at LogMeIn Ignition running on a Samsung Galaxy Tab.
I reviewed the Android version of LogMeIn Ignition prior to the release of the initial version several months ago. The review was conducted using the HTC Evo 4G smartphone, and in spite of the small display, I found LogMeIn to be a useful tool.
I’m using the Galaxy Tab with a 7-inch display for this advance look at the tablet optimizations, and the screen is wonderful for remotely accessing desktop systems. I’ve controlled both my dual-screen Mac setup and a Windows PC from the Tab without issue. LogMeIn is fully optimized for touch control, effectively turning both Macs and Windows systems into touch tablets.
The app provides complete control over the remote session, from how the remote mouse behaves to changing the screen resolution of the remote system to more closely match the Android device. Moving around the remote desktop is very fluid, and as simple as dragging the desktop around the tablet screen. All mouse operations are replicated on the Android touch screen, allowing full interaction via LogMeIn.
LogMeIn Ignition is a good solution for technical support folks who routinely need to support client systems. It is often easier to simply take over the client system to see what’s going wrong, then fix it on the spot. It is a good tool using a small phone, and a great one using a larger tablet. The update to LogMeIn Ignition for Android should be released soon, and will be free to existing customers.
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