At first glance Inkwire may seem a lot like Vysor, a Chrome web app that lets you remote control an Android device. It’s made by the same developer, ClockworkMod LLC. Although there are some similarities, it’s intended for a very different audience.
Ever wanted to give another Android user a hand? Inkwire lets you easily share your screen to another Android user. With just a couple clicks, you can request to view another user’s Android. Once connected, you can optionally start a voice chat, and draw on their screen to guide them through their issue.
* Helping friends and family out with phone troubles
* Customer support for Android apps
* Teaching new Android users
Let’s say your friend has a problem with their phone. With Inkwire, they can send you a code that allows you to view their screen. It also includes voice chat so that you can work through the problem with him. While you can point to certain things on the stream, highlighting them on your friend’s phone with a bright pink circle, you aren’t able to control your friend’s device.
The app currently does not officially support TVs, although it is currently in beta. I was able to sideload it and try it out. There’s no reason why it wouldn’t work on a TV. Although trying to point out things may be challenging just using a DPAD, it can serve as a screen to be shared.
I have not heard if TV support is being planned. There doesn’t seem to be much reason not to support it, as the underlying APIs are the same. With devices becoming more connected and complicated, having new methods of supporting customers and friends is beneficial. Inkwire is a neat idea, and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here.
If you want to try it out, you can sign up for the beta and download it for free from the Google Play Store. The developer has a Google+ community setup for feedback while the app is being developed.