VMware View Android Client Tech Preview

Today VMware released the View for Android – Tech Preview client application. It is available for download in the market:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.vmware.view.client.android&feature=search_result

Just like the View Client for iPad, this client requires View 4.6 and supports PCoIP. When I first heard about the announcement, I was disappointed as I heard it required Honeycomb (the 3.x platform) which does not perform well on my device.

I should mention that I’m using a Barnes & Noble Nook Color, and the Honeycomb version I experienced performance problems with was a dual book offering that I got from the following post: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1045018. I am currently running phiremod 6.3, a CyanogenMod 7.0.3 based version of Gingerbread (2.3 platform). If you are interested in this configuration, check out this site which provides all the info you’ll need to know: http://phiremod.wordpress.com/nook-color/

Back to the View Android Tech Preview client story…the Android Market showed that Android version 2.2 and up were supported with this release, so I went ahead and installed the free app.

After opening the application, I was prompted for my View Connection server. The application connected and presented me with a login screen and after authenticating I was able to see my entitled desktops. I launched a Windows XP desktop and was surprised how well the application worked! The screen resolution adjusts quickly as I rotate the device, the on-screen touchpad works awesome and the touch screen works just like one would expect (you don’t get a lot of precision, but it gets you pretty close).

Maybe this free product is VMware’s peace offering for the recent vSphere5 license changes 🙂

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1 Response to VMware View Android Client Tech Preview

  1. Teige says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me-it’s so trasnpreatnly clear now!

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