What Gadget geek hasn’t said to themselves, “boy, I wish I could control my phone via my PC”, or, “man, I wish I could record my Android device doing this or that”? Well, thanks to the folks over at xda-developers, it’s now a (relatively simple) reality. I just tested this method out on my  HTC Hero, and it works brilliantly. You’ll just need to install a few things.

Here’s the basic instructions:

Download Android sdk. Place android-sdk-windows folder on root of your C:\
http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

Download(skip login) and install JRE(JDK) 6
http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/widget/jdk6.jsp

Download the attached java file, unzip it, and just run it.
Place it anywhere you want. It doesnt have to be in the sdk folder like the screenshot program.

Make sure your phone is plugged in for a minute or two.
If you cant get it to control, run the automount app or dual mount sd widget.

Just a note… I had to go to the control panel and type the following to get the java program to recognize my phone:

cd C:\android-sdk-windows\tools

adb devices

And thats it! Easy to use remote control and screencasting for your Android device. What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments.

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