Looking to expand their app further, the folks from Splashtop have now introduced Splashtop 2 HD to the masses. With over 7 million users accessing their desktops remotely, Splashtop 2 HD brings along a newly refined UI and promises to be faster and more secure than ever before.

Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets features:

  • Pinch and zoom (which is a new feature first introduced into HD version)
  • Optimized performance leveraging hardware specific platform acceleration
  • New, easy user interface
  • Wake-on-LAN (WoL)
  • 3G/4G and Internet support with the Anywhere Access Pack

For a limited time, Splashtop 2 HD is available as a free download. I'm forced to use the term free lightly because it's not really a full-featured version. The access the basic version allows for is up-to two systems over your local Wi-Fi. In order to make use the truly remote desktop options you'll need to add the Anywhere Access Pack that is available for $0.99 USD per month or $9.99 USD per year.

If you're running Windows 7, Vista, and XP or Mac OS X 10.6+ and in need of a remote desktop solution, it's worth looking into as a viable solution. Need some more info? Full press release can be found below.

Splashtop 2 Now Available for Android Tablets - Top Remote Desktop App is Faster, Simpler and More Secure

Splashtop 2 - the next generation of remote desktop software - is now available for Android tablets along with its proprietary "Bridging Cloud" infrastructure, high performance clusters of secure Internet relay servers that connect users with their computers and mobile devices worldwide

August 8, 2012 - San Jose, CA - Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in cross-device computing, today announced the release of Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets - the next generation of its award-winning remote desktop. To achieve a new level of enhanced security, reliability and performance in Splashtop 2, Splashtop has built a global network of relay servers to form a "Bridging Cloud" infrastructure.

To date, Splashtop has empowered more than seven million users of mobile devices, from tablets to smartphones, to remotely access Windows PCs and Macs to run applications, view and edit files, watch HD movies and play graphic-intensive games.

Now by popular demand, Splashtop is delivering Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets running Android 3.1 and up. It supports high definition ("HD") video and is designed for devices with a screen density of 1280x800 on sizes of seven or ten inches.

Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets features:


* Pinch and zoom (which is a new feature first introduced into HD version)
* Optimized performance leveraging hardware specific platform acceleration
* New, easy user interface
* Wake-on-LAN (WoL)
* 3G/4G and Internet support with the Anywhere Access Pack

"In response to the high demand from Splashtop fans, we are delivering Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablet owners," noted Mark Lee, Splashtop CEO and co-founder. "With Splahstop 2 HD, users can now turn their Android tablets into a remote desktop to access their computers files, anywhere, anytime."

"Security and privacy are no longer merely corporate concerns. Regular people like you and me also need to be reassured that our data is always safe and secure - every file on every device, everywhere and everyday. Splashtop 2 offers that peace of mind," noted Mark Lee, Splashtop CEO and co-founder. "Beyond security and privacy, Splashtop continues to make ease of use a priority. And, of course, we pride ourselves in staying ahead of the technology curve with our industry-leading performance."

The Splashtop 2 HD app is available in basic form, which allows connectivity between devices in a local area network (LAN) environment; in addition, a module called "Anywhere Access Pack," available by in-app purchase, will allow users to connect to their devices across the Internet.

Splashtop 2 HD has an easy-to-use interface and has been optimized for new hardware features, such as HD resolutions. Splashtop 2 HD supports up to 30 frames per second of streaming and sub-30-millisecond latency, providing for smooth video and responsive gaming experience.

With Splashtop 2 HD, the only configuration needed to connect to computers is a user name and password. There is no need to configure routers or firewalls, or to manually enter IP addresses or security codes. With the addition of Anywhere Access Pack, the same simple process lets users connect to their devices reliably from anywhere in the world, over the Internet.

In addition, the app has self-optimizing technology that adapts to the conditions of the network, enabling the user to take full advantage of the bandwidth of a 3G/4G network or Internet connection. In addition to protecting user data through its proprietary Bridging Cloud, Splashtop deploys industry-standard encryption technology to maintain a high level of security.

Splashtop 2 HD can be downloaded for Android tablets at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.splashtop.remote.pad.v2 from Google Play free of charge for a limited time, after which it will have a list price of $9.99 USD.  The Anywhere Access Pack can be purchased for $0.99 USD per month or $9.99 USD per year.

Splashtop Streamer

Splashtop 2 HD requires the downloading and installation of the free Splashtop Streamer software onto a Window PC or a Mac. Supported platforms: Windows 7, Vista, and XP (including Home Premium), Mac OS X 10.6+ (Snow Leopard or Lion is required for Mac users). A computer with dual-core CPU is recommended for best performance. The purchase of Splashtop 2 includes a license to access up to 2 computers.

About Splashtop Inc.
 
Splashtop aspires to touch people's lives by delivering the best-in-class remote desktop experience - bridging tablets, phones, computers and TVs.  Splashtop technology empowers consumer and business users with high-performance, secure, interactive access to their favorite applications, media content and files anytime, anywhere.
 
Splashtop's products are top-selling apps on Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore for Android, Nook Apps, BlackBerry App World, HP App Catalog, Lenovo App Shop and others.  More than seven million people have downloaded Splashtop products from app stores, and more than 100 million devices from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Sony, Asus, Toshiba, Intel and other partners have shipped with Splashtop.
 
The consumerization of IT and proliferation of mobile devices is leading to adoption of Splashtop by businesses.  The Splashtop Bridging Cloud ensures reliable, secure and high performance connectivity across multiple devices, while offering IT, system integrators and service providers policy-driven control.

Splashtop has won the prestigious "Most Innovative Product" award from PC World, the "Best of What's New" award from Popular Science and the "Best of 2012 CES" award from LAPTOP Magazine.  The company is headquartered in San Jose with offices in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.  For more information, visit http://www.splashtop.com.

 

 
There are 23 comments

chuckdz3 says:

So what about all of the people that paid for the original version of spashtop? Are we dead in the water with updates and forgotten? or will we be compensated for this new version

Cory S says:

Damn, I just bought HD for 8 bucks..

Cory S says:

On the reviews Splshtop is replying to customers that purchased the HD or THD versions sayin they will credit them 1 year of Anywhere access.

youareme7 says:

While better than nothing and I sent them an email, ipad users got a lifetime anywhere access pack, I think android users should ask for the same deal.

OLD_HATCH says:

Quick question. Why would I pay 10 dollars a year instead of using a remote desktop app?

Cory S says:

Some people don't want to, can't or can't figure out who to forward ports.

Looks like if you bought the original HD they will give you 1 year free. The big issue is that iOS users get it free for life.

NO ONE should settle for that - if iOS users are entitled to free for life, so are we - EVERYON MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD ON THEIR FB PAGE!! http://www.facebook.com/Splashtop

Oh don't worry I created a ticket on their website with a screenshot of the email they sent me a couple months ago stating it would be free for all. If it doesn't happen I will create a massive stink.

E_man says:

If you have had an iPad in the past, and owned the iPad app, but no longer have one, you can still get AAP free for life. I put in a ticket a while ago, saying I no longer had my iPad, here's the email address I used Splashtop for iPad with, here's my Splashtop account, and they credited me. AAP for life. If you fall into that same boat, it's worth a shot.

cigar3tte says:

Would like to see the original Splashtop HD go on sale instead.

Nosferatu524 says:

monthly fee WTF? I've been using RealVNC for years for computer-->computer control and also phone-->computer

I don't get the appeal here...

c4v3man says:

Better streaming, lower lag, etc. While RealVNC, RDP, etc are fine for remote access/administration, Splashtop is better for multimedia/game access, if you're into that sort of thing. The $10 a year subscription is ridiculous however... what a joke.

DO NOT SETTLE for their one year free Anywhere Access deal!! They gave it to iOS users FOR LIFE!! Take the fight to them on their FB page - http://www.facebook.com/Splashtop

striders says:

WTH??! I paid full price for it and now they're changing it so that I have to pay monthly fee? Doesn't matter I got a free 1 year, when I bought this app, I expect it's free access for LIFE.

I have seen many Android app moving in this direction: pay full price... then change to pay monthly fee.

To be honest, this is what DROVE people to pirate the software!!

I will be leaving BAD reviews in Google Play store to warn users. What next? They're going to raise the monthly fee by 50% in the next 6 months?!

azradal says:

I'm not very impressed with the free app then wait... subscription charge plan myself. However I always have my rooted Galaxy nexus near me so I'm just using Wifi tethering anyway.

dsignori says:

Wow. So .. iPad users who paid earlier get this free for LIFE. Android users who paid for this earlier GET 1 YEAR only free, AND ONLY IF THEY plead with an e-mail?

What a crock. So is the Android base now funding iOS at this point for Splashtop. This is quite a low move. If they want to start charging, it should be equal for all platforms.

bigrey81 says:

What is the difference between splashtop hd 2 and the one that is embedded on the prime which is splashtop

xzigraz says:

It's really shaddy for them to still selling the Splashtop HD for 9 bucks even though they are not going to support it anymore. Correct me if I am wrong. It's kind of forcing the new buyers to pay in the subscription package.

scott41373 says:

Use Teamviewer. To me it's better than Spashtop anyway.

silentjosh37 says:

Hey Androidcentral you may wanna read the comments about this deceptive company before putting them on your front page and giving them free advertisment for their apple/ios biased app. They blame it on a mistake but seems more of some may have greased some palms. Ive been burned with 3 versions of this app.

faceless says:

does nobody use TeamViewer? it's free for personal use.

c4v3man says:

Different usage models. While TeamViewer is great for basic remote access, Splashtop is better at low-latency, multimedia applications. They're not directly comparable, although for most people, Teamviewer is likely all they need.