5 Android Apps for Remotely Controlling Banshee, Amarok, VLC, XBMC, Boxee in Linux


Android Market is such an awesome place for exploring and finding new interesting stuff. On one such recent explorations, I discovered these great Android apps with which you will be able to remotely control major multimedia apps for Linux incuding Banshee, Amarok, VLC, XBMC and Boxee from your Android device. Check them out.


Banshee Remote lets you control Banshee media player in Linux via your android powered device. Have been using it for more than a day now and I love it. The coolest feature is, you can increase/decrease Banshee volume using your phone's hardware volume buttons. See detailed instructions on how to set up Banshee remote. The only downside is that, I noticed occasional spikes in Banshee CPU usage when Banshee Remote extension is on.
VLC Remote for Android

VLC Remote lets you control your VLC Media Player from you Linux desktop. Easy to setup and use. This is not a free app though. The free version of this app is not a very good choice since most basic features remain locked and you need to pay up to unlock. If you are really interested in this application, I strongly recommend you to go for the non-free version.
Amarok2 Remote fro Android

Amarok2 Remote lets you do exactly what it says, remotely control your Amarok 2 music player in Linux. Amarok extension for Amarok2 Remote can be found here. You can also find more instructions, screenshots and changelog here. Has a similar features list including ability to browse and search your collection, clear playlist and volume control with hardware keys.
XBMC Remote Control fro Android

XBMC is among the best media center applications available for Linux and XBMC Remote Control lets you control XBMC from your Android device.
Boxee Wifi Remote for Android

Boxee Wifi Remote turns your Android smart phone into a remote control for Boxee, which incidentally is my favorite media center application in Ubuntu. It includes (soft+hard) keyboard, playback, trackball, and volume key support.
Note: The screenshots above are not mine and they all belong to respective developers. My Android device is not yet rooted and I am unable to find an easy way to take screenshots in my Galaxy S2. Thanks for reading and have a nice day.

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