Cable makers Lindy have unveiled an intriguing new product that enables you to plug your Android phone in to your PC and mirror the screen… and then use your keyboard and mouse to interact with your Android phone. Which could be perfect for getting the precision you need.
It’s an interesting idea and one I’ve not seen executed in quite this way before. Whilst on the outside it looks just like a normal USB charging cable, it can do much more. The software is built directly into the lead, and simply plugging it into your Windows PC will start the installation process.
Once setup you’ll get a window containing your phone or tablet’s screen – and the viewing app not only allows you to use your keyboard and mouse to control the screen, but you can also copy and paste data between the two devices.
With regard to how it actually works, we’re presuming that the cable contains a hidden USB memory stick in the elongated plug, which has the software on it – and the software itself must enable features similar to the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) used by people who make apps. Packaging it up and making it easy for consumers to use seems like a useful idea to us.
For the OS mirroring, you’ll need Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above, or if you simply want to use a keyboard & mouse on your phone screen, you’ll need Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher. On the PC side it works with everything from Windows XP all the way up to Windows 8.
The Lindy Android OS Mirroring & KM Sharing Cable is available now for £39.98.