RealVNC has launched VNC Viewer for Android, available to download now from the Android Market. Following VNC Viewer for iPhone and iPad on Apple’s App Store, this latest application allows users to connect to and take full control of a computer anywhere in the world from their Android mobile or tablet devices.

With VNC Viewer for Android, users can view and interact with their desktop, run applications and access files, “exactly” as they would if they were sitting in front of the computer itself. The app gives individuals the freedom to access their computer whilst travelling or as a tool for business users such as IT help-desk staff, enabling them to remotely support colleagues or access servers for troubleshooting wherever they are, reducing downtime and out of hours trips to the office.

The app offers a trackpad-style mouse for precision interactions and users can apply familiar touch, tap and drag gestures to control the computer, pinching to zoom into a specific area of the desktop or zooming out to see the entire screen. Text can be entered using the on-screen keyboard and a scrolling key bar for non-character keys such as cursor keys and Shift, Ctrl, Alt and Delete. VNC Viewer also features mouse button mode, incorporating virtual left, middle, right and scroll mouse buttons.

Android devices equipped with VNC Viewer can connect to any Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or UNIX computer installed with and running a VNC compatible Server. The recommended Server is VNC Enterprise Edition that provides robust, high-performance connections along with industry standard AES security.

“Following the success of VNC Viewer for iPhone and iPad, and staying true to our cross-platform roots, we have launched VNC Viewer for the Android platform,” said Dr Andy Harter, CEO at RealVNC. “Android users will now be able to access VNC remote control capabilities on their mobile or tablet device, in a way that is fast, simple and cost effective.”