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is there is any application in software center to connect android phone to Ubuntu for connectivity just like mobogenie for windows

marked as duplicate by kiri, Seth, djeikyb, dobey, Florian Diesch Jan 1 '14 at 20:20

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  • Goes beyond file transfer and into device management, so not a duplicate IMHO. – K7AAY Dec 31 '13 at 17:46
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Airdroid is a universal, OS-agnostic solution.

Beyond that, there's a procedure for SSH access and a nice article which explains how to use Dropsync.

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I actually set my Android using MSC method to connect to Ubuntu. It can access my android device memory card (my Android device has micro SD card slot with micro SD card inserted to the device) . Ubuntu can recognize the micro SD card (yes, your android act as a card reader in MSC method) and mount it automatically. You can set this in your Android device (locate in USB connectivity settings)

So far, Android actually use internal memory to store some important data like contacts, and you can only access it using MTP method, which, to what I know, only Windows supports that type of USB connections.

There's another, perhaps an alternative, is to use Cloud service, or use Google Sync to do synchronization (of course over the internet).

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