We tested KDE Connect, a Swiss Army knife to connect and control almost (everything) between Android phones and Windows PCs

Just lately we echoed in Genbeta the launch of the KDE Join utility for Home windows, coming from the Linux world. Its operate is much like that of Microsoft’s ‘Your Telephone’ app: permit interplay between PC and smartphone.

KDE Join instantly attracted our curiosity as a result of promised to offer a handful of options that ‘Your Telephone’ does not supply. Nevertheless, we acquired contradictory info from customers who had tried it.

That was not unusual, since its builders acknowledge that Home windows model continues to be in beta. However we determined that it might be attention-grabbing to strive it ourselves.

For the checks we’ve got used a Home windows 10 21H1 (putting in KDE Join from the Microsoft Retailer) and a Realme 7 Professional cellular with Android 11 (installing the app from Google Play).

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The interface of the PC model is actually austere. And considerably complicated, for reserving some features for the window, others for the notification space button … and duplicating a number of others.


Choices that work

  • 🟢 Viewing notifications: Works. Cellular notifications are all displayed as Home windows notifications.

  • 🟢 Name discover: Works. And never solely does it work, however it mechanically pauses —till the decision ends— any audio or video that we’re enjoying on the PC.

  • 🟢 Ship information from cellular: Works. Though in one of many makes an attempt the dialog field with the obtain progress that seems on the PC desktop was frozen at 75%, I’ve had no issues with the remainder of the makes an attempt to ship numerous information from my cellular to my pc .

  • 🟢 Ship information from PC: Works. No downside.

  • 🟢 Point out proportion of remaining battery: Works. No downside.

  • 🟢 Distant entry from cellular: Works. I’ve been in a position to open an Explorer window (and later a doc) with out issues utilizing the motion of my finger on the smartphone display to manage the mouse cursor. It additionally works properly for shifting information and emulating a right-click.

  • 🟢 Name cellular: Works. With out ‘buts’, it’s a easy operate that works properly: ideally suited to search out the place in the home we’ve got forgotten the cellular. Though … what the hell, sure I’ll put a ‘however’: it’s complicated to search out this operate with two completely different names relying on how we entry it from the applying window (‘Discover system’) or from the icon within the notification space (‘Ring system’).

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The principle display of the cellular app, earlier than and after granting all the mandatory permissions for the proper operation of all its features.

Choices that partially work

  • 🟡 Slide presentation: It really works… partially. There isn’t any downside when utilizing the buttons to show the slides (they work like ‘Up’ and ‘Down’, to allow them to even be used to show pages in any doc we’re studying); Nevertheless the ‘Pointer’ operate has been a complete failure: Not solely is it very insensitive to finger motion, however it typically momentarily leaves the show black.

  • 🟡 Multimedia management: It really works … however it’s complicated. It detects what music or video is enjoying on the pc, and permits us to pause it or proceed enjoying it with out issues. Nevertheless, unusually, the amount part that we are going to discover under doesn’t work: regardless of how a lot we attempt to increase or decrease it, our PC won’t be affected. Sure certainly, if we modify the tab, from ‘Play’ to ‘Gadgets’, we’ll discover a quantity management that can work to perfection.

  • 🟡 Distant enter from PC: It really works… partially. On this case, this system offers us with the choice of shifting a ‘cursor’ on the cellular display that reproduces the actions of the PC cursor. Dealing with is clumsy, however it works so long as you do not attempt to use it to pull the display. It additionally permits you to remotely click on every of the three foremost buttons on the smartphone interface, however solely two have labored for me from them.

  • 🟡 Discover system: It really works (however it is vitally sluggish). This operate, accessible solely from the button within the notification space, permits us to discover the file system of the smartphone … though to take action we should have an utility appropriate with SFTP (like WinSCP or CyberDuck) already put in.

  • 🟡 Seek the advice of SMS: It really works (however additionally it is very sluggish … horribly sluggish, Wow).

Volume controls

The ‘Media Management’ operate, with the ineffective (left) and purposeful (proper) quantity controls,

Choices that do not work

  • 🔴 Execute order: It doesn’t work. On the smartphone it tells you which you can add the order from the desktop app, however as soon as in the identical I’ve not discovered the place to do it from.

  • 🔴 Take picture: It does not work (except the title is flawed). All it does is open the digicam of the cellular, however it doesn’t take any photographs (that have to be accomplished by whoever is working the cellular), so I don’t see the utility.

The builders of KDE Join warn within the Microsoft Retailer that we’re solely dealing with the second beta of the applying

KDE Join vs Your Telephone

After evaluating the operation of KDE Join in Home windows 10, it’s inevitable to ask ourselves a query: Is it a preferable different to Your Telephone, the Microsoft app? The reply is complicated.

I’d dare to say sure … it will likely be.– By providing so many options that your rival does not embrace or appear excited about together with, the secret is to attend on your builders to optimize its efficiency while you get out of the ‘beta’ section.

Even when In case you are a consumer of a Samsung smartphone, maybe the reply in your case is completely different: should you make common use of the Your Telephone operate that permits terminals of this model to run Android apps within the desktop atmosphere, you’d do properly to keep in mind that KDE Join has nothing prefer it.

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