Tips to get more out of Android as a platform desktop

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If you are also considering to start to use an Android device as if it were a PC, you must surely be wondering what are the things you need to grab to take full advantage of this capability are. Here are some tips.

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Android has become a very mature platform, and every day we see new applications will be found. The flexibility of the operating system Google has led the manufacturers to get into almost anything, and some manufacturers are beginning to see the future and as a platform for desktop computers affordable.

The truth is that using Android as a desktop platform is not such a crazy idea if we start from the fact that Google already believe that for the average user that is needed to enjoy a PC is a good browser . In addition, between nourished catalog of Google OS applications, but not too many, it can be said that there is an adequate amount to move well enough with keyboard and mouse on a big screen.

Here are some steps to follow to get the most out of Android as if it were a desktop platform.

Hardware Tips

The first, of course, is the Hardware. Although you can buy Android computers already come with everything you need, if you are starting from a gadget you already have in your house, you might want to know what are the peripherals and accessories you need to use that smartphone, tablet or stick Android as a PC .

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  • Connect to Monitor: Obviously if we use our gadgets more Android PC desktop style the first thing to do is connect to a monitor. Already in the last part of this article I explained you need to know to be able to connect your smartphone or tablet to your TV or monitor with HDMI, which will be much easier if you use a stick Android.
  • Mouse: Select the correct use depends on the type of mouse we have Android gadget. If this is a stick, which most of the time do not have Bluetooth but USB, then you’d better choose a USB mouse.The opposite happens with phones and tablets, as a general rule use the same port for video output and USB OTG, so we need to connect the monitor to deprive us of the USB functionality, and therefore the best choice will be a Bluetooth mouse.
  • Keyboard: Here we apply the same rule as with the mouse to decide whether to use USB or Bluetooth connectivity. It should be noted that some keyboards have a mouse pad, which will save us some dollars compacting all in one device. You should also look out for when buying you are purchasing a full size keyboard and not a reduced, more useful dimensions if we want to use a stick to give Android smart functions on our TV.

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  • USB Hub: If you have an Android stick, or any other gadget with the operating system of the big G have separate output USB port input video then you should use a USB hub to get more ports available.
  • Dock: Many smartphones and tablets have accessories that can be purchased separately and give a complete set of ports and media outlets, as in the case of the Motorola Atrix. Special mention deserves the Galaxy, especially the S3, S4, Note 2 and Note 3 for Samsung range there docks official and unofficial that let you use USB and HDMI ports at the same time.

Some useful applications

As for the software, we also know of some applications that will be essential in your journey within the operating system of Google. Then we left that we consider vital, and you will be on your part to discover some others depending on your needs .

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  • Qickly: This is an interesting application that allows you to use widgets in floating windows. Particularly useful for those who are very used to this functionality in most desktop operating systems. It costs 1.49 dollars in the Google Play Store .
  • Tiny Apps: Another set of useful tools that work by way of floating around. It has applications such as calculator, notes, drawing, even a music player. A version of payment and Lite , both downloadable from the Play Store.
  • Dolphin Browser: Although almost all Android browsers already have the practical function of windows, most shows on their websites for mobile version, which is not always the best, as in the present case. Dolphin Browser is the option to select Desktop and client use, so any web show us as if we saw it from a PC.

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  • Kingsoft Office: Unfortunately still nothing for Android that features the complexity of LibreOffice or Microsoft Office, Kingsoft Office but they are pretty close. It is a fairly complete office suite, with which you surely will be very comfortable for the most basic functions, and best of all is that is free .
  • Plume: Plume is a Twitter client with a career already in the Google store. Besides being free and extremely well run, has an interface that will fit very well if you want to use on large screens. It is free in the Google store.

This article should not be construed as an attempt to force the abandonment of traditional computers, much less set aside more mature based on Linux, or Windows operating systems to replace them with Android. These are just like the title says, some tips that may be found useful for those who want to get more out of your Android devices using them by way of PC.

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