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What's the difference between the two tags? Should they be merged?

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    I imagine "remote control" is referring to seeing the "desktop" as if you were sitting in front of it. "Remote access" doesn't necessarily imply seeing the UI while accessing the device.
    – ale
    Aug 14, 2013 at 23:35

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Maybe de-synonym for Android-controlling-non-Android and use for controlling-Android-from-anything.

Also, perhaps could be repurposed for questions regarding the IR emitters some devices (Samsung GS4 and Galaxy Mega, HTC One, LG Optimus G Pro, etc.) are starting to include.


I would agree to merging them.

is described as as:

Remotely control your Android device from any other device/computer, or vice versa.

is described as:

Methods to remotely access a device from another device, where at least one of the two should be running Android.

Interestingly, is a synonym of , which makes it even more confusing if Al Everett describes as seeing the "desktop".

UPDATE #1: However, we could probably make a distinction between:

  • Accessing an Android device from another device (may or may not be an Android device)
  • Accessing a non-Android device from an Android device

However, the second point may be useless, given that it may be via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc

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    Yeah, except accessing the file system of your device from, say, your PC over wifi is in no wise "remote control". It is remote access, though. I suggest there is a distinction; we just need to get the wikis to illustrate that (and tag questions appropriately).
    – ale
    Aug 19, 2013 at 0:31

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