Take Control Lite is a root application that allows you to treat your rooted Android-based device as somewhat of a second, third, or fourth monitor on your Windows-based PC.

Once you’ve installed the Windows software and the app from Google Play you choose connect from the application. When you move your mouse on Windows past the edge of the screen it will land on your phone or tablet allowing you to use a mouse in place of your fingers and a physical keyboard in place of a virtual one.

When you move the mouse back up, you’ll be back in control of your Windows machine. It’s fairly important to note this is not a remote desktop, this is a remote input software. So it’s not going to be really all that useful if your phone or tablet is not on the desk with you.

A small movement of the mouse is all that’s required to switch control between Android and Windows. It’s a pretty neat little thing for if you want to send text messages or respond to email using the device, but do not have Google Voice or similar installed.

While playing around with this, I did notice that walking out of WiFi range with the software running could cause the built-in-keyboards to not pop up when required. This is easily remedied simply by stopping the Take Control application.

Take Control Lite is free from Google Play. A pay version of the application is also available for $2.52 and allows you to access foreign keyboards, clipboard sharing, auto-connect when in range, encrypt the control data, and a couple of other neat things.

Download: Google Play (and Windows Client software)