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Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop & Standalone Camera App On Android

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Google has launched 2 apps yesterday that number of Android users across the world will find it very useful – The Chrome Remote Desktop App and Standalone Google Camera App. We tried both the apps and came out quite impressed. Lets look at both of them closely.

Chrome Remote Desktop App For Android

If you want to access computers through your mobile or tablet, this is a perfect App. At the same time the app allows other user to access your computer securely over the internet.

Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files. All connections are fully secured and is fully cross-platform.

remote assistance

Users having this app can provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (XP and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks.

So for example lets say you are on your mobile traveling, you can access any desktop over the internet (with proper permissions). What really impressed us was the speed – It literally is in real time. There is absolutely no noticeable lag.

To start using Chrome remote desktop, users will need to first download the app on their Android device and also download Chrome remote desktop extension. Give it a try and let us know how you find it.

Standalone Google Camera App

Along with remote desktop, Google has also launched “Google Camera”, a standalone camera app for Android users. Currently it is available for phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat, but should be shortly available for other versions as well.

The app has all the regular features that you may want including photo spheres to capture immersive 360º views and high resolution panorama mode.

However, we were most impressed by Google Camera’s Lens Blur more. This feature allows users to click SLR like photos that have a soft blurred background, while having the subject in focus. It is done algorithmically and user need move the camera a bit after taking the photograph to achieve that effect. While we missed it few times, overall, the results of Lens Blur were very close to what you would get with an SLR lens having shallow depth of field. IMG_20140417_122144-001 Check out this photo above that we clicked with Nexus 4; generally the background will be in focus, but when clicked using lens blur, the background has gone out of focus. We took this photo indoors and did not have great light, but it does give you an idea of how lens blur works.

Overall, a good replacement for your default camera app on your Android device.

Download Google Camera from Play Store.

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  1. How does it compare to the camera app on the HTC One (M7)? What features will I lose? Will I gain any

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