Splashtop offers apps for iOS and Android that let you remote control a Mac or Windows computer from your phone or tablet. Want to surf the web using the full version of Firefox? Splashtop lets you login to your PC and do that from your iPad. Want to play PC games on your Android phone? You can do that too.
While Splashtop is hardly the only company to offer this sort of remote desktop solution, it does offer one of the more popular options. And today the company is rolling out a new feature that can make controlling a PC from a mobile device much easier.
There’s a new Configurable Shortcuts & Gamepad add-on that lets you add your own on-screen shortcuts for special key strokes so you don’t have to bring up an on-screen keyboard and punch in complicated instructions for common functions.
You can also use the on-screen gamepad with directional controls and gaming buttons to navigate PC games as if you were using a computer with a dedicated game controller (assuming your game controller was a touchscreen without tactile feedback).
There’s a catch though. Splashtop itself is available as a free download from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. But the shortcuts & gamepad add-on is only available if you pony up a subscription fee using an in-app purchase.
You can pay $0.99 per month or $9.99 per year for the privilege of adding the gamepad and shortcuts.
This isn’t the first subscription-based add-on for Splashtop. While the free version of the software lets you log into any PC or Mac computer on your home network, Splashtop charges a subscription fee for the “Anywhere Access Pack” which lets you login to your computer over 3G, through a firewall, or under other conditions.
That’ll set you back $1.99 per month or $16.99 per year.