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I wonder if its possible to forward calls or sms to PC where I can then reply or at least get notified of a call/sms? For example, calls might be forwarded to Skype, isit possible?

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Edit 2014/06: I've moved on and developed MAXS. See my answer here.

Original Answer:

GTalkSMS (Google Code Project Page) is a alternative for android-notifier which works over XMPP (GTalk, Jabber). It allows you to control various aspects of Android, includes a SMS/Call/Battery notification and reply system. Additionaly it is able to send and receive files to and from your Android device. There are many other features too.

Using XMPP as transport, the "desktop app" can be every XMPP Client. Which is one of GTalkSMS big advantages, as it does not need a dedicated desktop app.

Note: According to the FAQ I have to disclose that I am involved in GTalkSMS. GTalkSMS is an open source GPL licensed Android app. Everyone can contribute.

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Neato! While I'm not sure it's all that handy for the OP, that is a nifty app... –  Logos May 2 '12 at 16:13

I have Google Voice set up which allows this. If you were to call or text my Google Voice number and I was signed into GMail in a web browser (I exclusively use Chrome) I can answer the call using either my phone or the computer. I can also send and receive text messages from the computer. I'm also able to answer calls using my house phone, too. I know that this doesn't answer your question but it may solve the problem of being unable to get the question answered.

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The App Backup to Gmail sends SMS, MMS and calls to a folder you set on your Gmail account. It's not forwarding the calls but you can at least see if someone called or texted you.

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You can use Google Voice to have calls ring your cell phone and any other phone you like; as vyse mentioned you can use it directly with Google Chat, but with a little extra effort you can hook it into any SIP phone like Skype. This also works for SMS messages, which will show up in your email and you can reply to exactly as if they were on your phone.

Aside from GV, there really aren't any good alternatives for what you want to do without setting up your own vPBX like FreeSWITCH or Asterisk.

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Highly recommend SMSSync. It's opensource, it doesn't try to do too many things, and it does this specific thing very well.

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For SMS I highly recommend mightytext.net For controlling your pone you can use Airdroid, which is great.

Receiving calls on your computer I haven't found any solution besides Google Voice and I live outside the USA so it's a bummer for me :-(

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MAXS (Modular Android XMPP Suite) forwards all kind of notifications (calls, sms, etc) to your PC over XMPP. It also allows you to control various aspects of Android, includes a SMS/Call/Battery notification and reply system. Additionaly it is able to send and receive files to and from your Android device. There are many other features too.

Using XMPP as transport, the "desktop app" can be every XMPP Client. Which is one of the big advantages of MAXS, as it does not need a dedicated desktop app. Although there may be one in the future.

Note: According to the FAQ I have to disclose that I am involved into MAXS. MAXS is an open source GPLv3 licensed Android app. Everyone can contribute.

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I've only seen notification apps so far, such as Remote Notifier for Android. Most of the time it works ok but sometimes the notifications are delayed or don't show up at all.

Note that the app requires a "server" application on the pc, which can be found here, along with instructions.

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This works with mysms.com. The app syncs your text messages and calls and you get notified via a popup window - similar to Skype.

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The very nice and free Windows program MyPhoneExplorer and its companion Android app MyPhoneExplorer Client (also free) enables you to:

  • get notified of incoming texts (using a Windows tray tip, optionally with sound)
  • read incoming texts and reply to them
  • write and send new texts
  • read and reply to all previously received and send texts on the phone

using an Android phone connected either via the local network (LAN/Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, or USB cable.

You can also:

  • be notified of incoming calls, including who is calling, and
  • pick up and hang up a call from the computer,

but you have to conduct the actual call through the phone, using the phone's speaker and microphone or a headset connected to the phone.

The program has many other nice features, including:

  • backing up and archiving of your text messages (using a local archive of all text messages in which you can search, filter, organize into simple folders, reply to specific texts, etc.)
  • edit text fields from the computer in any phone app, including copying text from the computer clipboard into the phone's text field (the client app installs a remotely controlled soft keyboard on the phone to be able to do this)
  • making the computer keyboard act as a phone keyboard when the phone is connected to the computer via USB cable
  • taking screenshots from the phone when it is connected to the computer via USB cable
  • editing of contacts and calendar
  • working with files on the phone, synchronising photos and other files between the phone and the computer
  • getting Android notifications from all apps as Windows tray notifications.

The program has been a trustful companion for me for 8 years. It is mature and stable. It used to only work with Sony Ericsson phones (before Android) but now it also supports Android phones of any brand.

For a time in the past the program was distributed with OpenCandy, which "recommended" other software to install during the installation, but that has luckily been removed now.

Disclaimer: I am the Danish translator of MyPhoneExplorer. But I do it absolutely for free, simply because I love the program and want the translation I use daily to be of high quality.

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