Despite the amount of iOS and Apple Watch chatter here lately, we still have a dedicated Android user base on the team, including me.
If you read here, you’ll know that projecting an Android device screen to an audience has always been important for us, and usually we have more than one screen to project. Over the years, I’ve used several tools for this BBQScreen, Android Screen Monitor and lately, Chromecast’s screen mirroring feature, which is handy because it cuts out the laptop middleman.
You may remember him from such projects as CyanogenMod, AllCast, Helium, ROM Manager, etc. He’s kind of a big deal in the Android modding community because he’s constantly filling Android gaps and improving the Android experience.
And Vysor doesn’t disappoint. Just install the Chrome app from the Chrome Web Store, set the developer options on your Android device and plug it into your machine.
Vysor opens your device’s screen, and sit down for this one, allows you to control it via mouse and keyboard.You read that right. This is a huge feature that none of the other options I’ve tried offer.
As an aside, Chrome apps are the bee’s knees. They are truly cross-platform, can run in their own windows outside Chrome and can run when Chrome itself is closed. Seriously, I can quit Chrome and launch the Vysor app on its own. I just did this on OS X and again on Ubuntu.
Did you know that? Although I did, and I shared the enthusiasm of the tech press back in late 2013, I had forgotten. Google hasn’t done a very good job promoting this awesome capability of the Chrome ecosystem.
Not to wander too far off topic, but it is a shame to see Chrome take a back seat to Android when the two are equally useful.
Moving on, Vysor is in beta. It works really well with one device from what I’ve seen. However, once you get two devices connected, it gets confused.
I might have something set wrong, or maybe it’s that annoying Android File Transfer app that’s required (is it still?) for OS X.
Might be user error.
Anyway, if you’re an Android user, check out Vysor. It’s awesome.
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