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Review Mobizen-Your Android, Anywhere
Decent phone-to-PC remote that needs to work out some quirks
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 02 Jan 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Has a beautiful GUI, offers a lot of features to help you control your phone through your pc
Requires a lot of hoops to jump through to access your phone, suffers from driver issues
Mobizen for Android is basically a graphical UI for your phone’s file system that you can use on your PC. Usually you download apps that will allow you to control your PC from your phone, almost like an awesome PC remote. This time, it’s the other way around. You can manage your files, stream content, and even mirror your device’s screen, all from your favorite web browser.
I really wanted this app to work, and it did for some things. But the biggest issue I had with it was trying to get my phone’s screen to record, mirror, or even just get a screenshot on my PC. I tried several things to fix it, but in the end it seemed like there was an issue with the app’s drivers not working properly with Lenovo computers. After doing some more research, I found out I wasn’t the only one having driver issues either.
That said, the rest of the app works really well, and it’s a really good way to manage content like movies, videos, music, and other files from your computer. I usually just use my file system to transfer things, but this lets you view content in a pleasant way without having to download anything.
The idea of this app was that it wanted to be able to give you all of these features without having to root your device. However, the first thing it asked me when I loaded up the app was for root access. It’s supposed to just work simply by plugging your phone into your USB, or via WIFI by logging into the website and using a 2-step identification process for added security. Everything works fine and as intended, but it threw me off when it immediately asked me for root access.
Overall, I really like what Mobizen is doing, but the driver issues really need to be worked out before I can recommend it for anyone. The screen mirroring feature is something I was really looking forward to using, but unfortunately couldn’t. And while I like the app’s desktop UI, it takes more effort to pull up the site, log in, and then navigate to the content, than it does for me to simply open up my phone’s folder in Window’s file explorer.