Virtualization software makers VMware have launched a technical preview of VMware View for Google Android. The app lets you login to a virtual Windows desktop from a tablet running Google Android 2.2 and up.

This isn’t the first time VMware has launched a mobile version of the app. An iPad version has been available since March. But the Android version has a few tweaks including a modified version of the Google Android keyboard with support for Cltr+Alt+Del and other functions you wouldn’t normally need when navigating the Android operating system.

There’s a virtual touchpad that can float on the screen, allowing you to move an on-screen cursor. VMware View also offers a series of gestures allowing you to interact with the Windows environment using on-screen gestures without the touchpad.

While the VMware View app is available as a free download, you’ll need VMware View 4.6 or later running on a server in order to use the mobile app. That software is meant for corporate environments and doesn’t come cheap.

For a more consumer-oriented remote desktop app you might want to check out TeamViewer or LogMeIn Ignition for Android.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...