The Android PC : Revisiting mobile productivity

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#PC #MobileThe Android PC – Revisiting mobile productivity : Last week we took the iPad Pro again for a spin, trying to verify, or refute, Apple’s claims about the tablet being the ultimate PC replacement. And just in time, the company just released a video ad just few days ago that tries to make the same point again.

But iOS is hardly the only game in town, especially on mobile. And while Google hasn’t exactly made a similar claim for Android, others have spoken for it instead. But before go off on another crazy adventure, we first have to look at the few, of course unofficial, attempts at making Android the ultimate PC replacement, as far as OS is concerned at least. Yes, this is the so-called “Android PC”.

Android is a better mobile OS for PCs

Taking Android and making it run in a traditional computing environment is something that neither its original creators (Danger) nor Google have envisioned. Just as they didn’t originally envision Android to run on tablets. And yet, the nature of the Android platform, as well as the conventions that have grown around it, have made it almost the perfect platform to use in a PC, desktop, or laptop setting.

Exposed file system

While the debate between how Android and iOS handles and exposes file systems rages on, our second review of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro shows just how critical that capability is when doing real serious work.

While stock Android, or at least the version of Android that Google ships in Nexus devices, doesn’t instantly reveal that file system to users, it doesn’t exactly block them from finding out, accessing files and folders, or installing apps that can, a.k.a. file managers. But more importantly, that is also true for apps that need to access files, like uploading them to websites and what not.

That is actually a powerful feature that is only found on regular desktop operating systems. Some would argue, however, that it also exposes Android and its apps to security exploits. That might actually be true to some extent, but in most cases, Android’s permissions system can impede unauthorized access. Plus, it might also be worth the risk.