Use these Android and PC software recommendations to work more efficiently, keep your phone safe, or interact more quickly with your multimedia files.

By Liane Cassavoy, PCWorld      May 24, 2012 9:35 pm

6 Essential Desktop Apps to Make Your Android Phone Device a Work or Play PowerhouseThe power of an Android phone or tablet already makes a desktop PC, or even a laptop, seem a little old-fashioned–but you can enhance your smartphone or tablet even more. Here are six applications that allow you to use your desktop computer to get more functionality, and more fun, from your Android device.


6 Essential Desktop Apps for Managing Android DevicesYou can complain all you want about the closed nature of Apple’s software, but you can’t deny that the marriage of iTunes and iOS is as cohesive as it gets. This desktop-mobile connection is missing from the Android experience–until you install DoubleTwist. Once you install this free desktop application, it automatically finds the music, photos, and videos you have stored on your computer (yes, even those in your existing iTunes library) and organizes them for you, letting you browse your collection by artist, album, playlist, and more in its tidy interface. You can sync these multimedia files to and from your Android device via USB.

A companion mobile app lets you play back multimedia files on your Android device; upgrading to the AirSync app ($5) adds wireless syncing.

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