Have a WiFi network and an Android phone? Of course you do! Ever wish you could use the two together for transferring your media and files seamlessly from your computer, ditching the cords? Meet WebSharing, the most feature complete WiFi access tool for Android by the developers of SystemPanel that we reviewed last week.
- Transfers files over WiFi or Cell network
- Nice interface on PC with integrated music player and picture viewer
- Mount phone as USB device over WiFi
- Easy to setup
- Easily secure
WebSharing shares all the same design elements as SystemPanel, which doesn’t exactly work against it. Failing to fit into Android’s design language properly makes it feel out of place compared to many of the other apps, but we welcome the choice — many Android apps don’t look this good. Thankfully, the dead space we found in horizontal mode throughout SystemPanel is non-existent. Almost everything can be done without menus or settings after the first time using it and setup is simple if you plan on avoiding the USB/Network mount mode (more on that later).
WebSharing can be hugely useful when you forget a USB cable at home and you just need to hear that song or transfer that word file to your PC. The app makes it easy to listen to upload and download music, view pictures and stream videos directly from the comfort of your favorite browser. Flash is, unfortunately required for the included multiple file upload feature, but it’s not a maligned feature. It manages to stay connected even at distance from the router. Pocketing the phone and walking 20 feet upstairs to a bathroom doesn’t seem to affect the connection, but your results may vary according to location, router and device.
Unfortunately to get WebSharing to work, I had to open some ports on my FiOS router but you may not have the same issue. Finally, password randomization is available, as well as a fixed password (although less secure) with the option to e-mail passwords with a clickable link to get right into the interface.