I broke my old smartphone a month ago and I have been struggling to find a new use for it. By broke I mean totally unresponsive touchscreen, everything else works fine. That’s why I thought I could use it for something useful.
Now, my particular use case is that my hi-fi system is really far from my setup and I could only connect to it via a cable. So, the solution was to create a HTTP server to control the phone and play music.
That’s when I found I-Jetty which lets you do a lot of useful stuff like:
- Access/update/modify/remove your contacts
- View your call logs
- View some system settings
- Access all of your media content – photos,videos,music,etc.
- Find your phone! There’s a button you can press to make your phone start ringing. Really cool in my book.
- It can also track the location of the phone? Might be useful to someone
Anyways, with the original version, accessing a file meant playback was started on the client (i.e. in the browser). I modified the code so that it would start playback on the host(i.e. the phone) as well. There is a lot more to be done to repurpose the app into a player, but this is a minimal working edition.
Let’s get to the good stuff. You need:
- I-Jetty from the Playstore : play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mortbay.ijetty
- My modified web app goo.gl/8o752C
- Install I-Jetty
- Install my web app
- Run the web app. It will be called I-Jetty Console Installer.
- Click Install
- After installation finishes, go back to App drawer and select I-Jetty
- Click Start Jetty
- Go to your phone’s browser and access 127.0.0.1:8080/console
- Click on Network
- Username : admin , password:admin
- Find your local IP address. It looks something like 192.168.0.104 under wlan
- Et voila you can access your phone via the local network at the IP address you found in step 10. For me this is 192.168.0.104:8080/console
Hope you like it and thanks for reading. Any feedback will be appreciated
I will open-source the code sometime next week and keep you updated.
P.S. This is my first post so any suggestions/criticism are welcome.