Controlling a PC
Mostly these software applications fell into two distinct categories: the first category had the applications that could control the television, while the second category consisted of applications that could remotely control a personal computer. Some software applications could actually carry out both functions, much like a master remote can control televisions, DVD players and music systems from the same remote.
Controlling a personal computer from a remote location has some interesting connotations, like manipulating Winamp from a distance. There are a number of software applications that claim to be able to do this; some of these are:
1. ControlFreak – designed for S60 smart phones,
2. Remotud – which can handle quite a few multimedia players, and is configurable to a great extent
3. anyRemote – an excellent software application, which however runs on Linux personal computers; however it can control any application running on that particular computer
Of all the above, Remotud is the one that delivers exactly what it claims to do, which is control music and video players accurately.
Surprisingly, there was also a software application that does the exact opposite, which is control a mobile phone from the computer. Smart Remote Series 60 can carry out any functions that are present on the mobile phone handset, including messaging or controlled the GPRS or camera. A useful function of Smart Remote is the ability to capture screenshots of the mobile display which was hitherto more complicated.
However, it is unclear why this application is useful, as Nokia PC Suite performs pretty much the same functions.