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ZeroPC is this crazy service that lets you access all the popular cloud services from one place. "All the popular cloud services" is shorthand for Box.net, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Flickr, Google Docs, Instagram, Picasa and SugarSync. Yeah, everything.

The website is insane. They've whipped up an in-browser operating system. Imagine a Linux-based OS in your browser. That's exactly what the website looks like.

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However, this is an Android blog, so we should probably focus on the freshly-released Android Tablet (only) app.

The website's operating system layout won't really fly on a tablet, so here the app looks like a file manager.

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You can sign in to any of the above services and access them from the app. Unfortunately, the app isn't as feature packed as the website. You can view files (including videos), but not edit them. Copying files between services, which is probably one of the coolest features, isn't available yet. You do get a universal search function, which is much easier than logging in to all your services and searching them one by one.

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Right now the app is missing a lot of features of the desktop service, but it sounds like more stuff is on the way. The market description claims "We are already working on the next version release which will include some exciting features such as local caching for instant content access, file uploading and quick sharing capabilities."

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The app is free, and so is the service(mostly), so this is definitely one to keep an eye on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPEw69JMOm8

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • paul

    What windows theme are you using? I would love to know.

    • David

      Thats not windows thats linux with the kde desktop environment, how ever i to would love to know what that theme is for my kubuntu pc :D

  • Mike

    It should be noted that at this time I would strongly recommend pulling your support for this particular web app. There current rating for Web of Trust is medium to low.

    I learned this because I was signed into google on chrome. I did not give them permission to access any of my google account info.

    What Did I find when I was using their "web desktop" browser and doing a google search? Me signed into my google service.

    The fact they did not alert me to their browser reading my concurrent Chrome Google browsing session is retarded.

    Not cool zeroPC.com! I never even gave you permission to do this.

    ZeroPC google search using WOT extension.
    http://imgur.com/KxCIz

    Web of Trust site rating.
    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/zeropc.com

    http://imgur.com/1biz7

    • Mike

      I personally use eyeOS. It seems to be much more mature and has a much better privacy rating. eyeos.org

      • Steve

        Mike,

        I think you are missing the point. OAuth is an essential part of personal cloud computing. This is how software vendors talk to 3rd party companies - it is an industry STANDARD API. Instead of using user ID and password, it uses secure transaction token which is totally secure. BTW, when I OAuthed into ZeroPC Cloud desktop using my Google credential, it asked me if I wanted to connected to ZeroPC. They DID ask my permission.

        I did a quick research on their website and found this on the FAQ:

        "Q. Is my stuff safe

        Data security has always been of paramount importance. Now, with so many cloud data and social services available protecting your identify and security is of the utmost importance. ZeroPC is very serious about this topic. We have implemented several layers of security to protect your valuable content. All data transmission between your browser and ZeroPC is encrypted using SSL. This is the same level of encryption used by banks and other financial institutions.

        We never store your credentials to connected services such as Evernote, Dropbox, Box.net, etc. Instead we have implemented an industry standard and very secure technique called "OAuth" to enable these connections. Using OAuth allows us to transfer control for each service to it's own highly secure login page. ZeroPC has registered and been validated with each of these sites. After you have successfully logged in to the site then their servers pass ZeroPC an encrypted "token". This token, along with our secret key, allow us to access the content in those services. As a user, you have complete and sole control. You may revoke this authentication at anytime.

        We have implemented optional features within ZeroPC to further protect your account. This includes a desktop screen lock using a 4-digit PIN that you specify. We also allow you to generate a limited-use unique login security key. This key can be used in place of your ZeroPC username and password whenever you use an unfamiliar computer such as workstations at Internet Cafes. This keeps your username and password safe from key loggers and malware that may try to sniff this information on these unfamiliar computers".

        I wouldn't worry about WOT. If you reviewed people comment, there is one disgruntled person who seems to miss the point and give bad perception of the service, which is my opinion is totally misleading.

        Kind regards,
        Steve

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You're blowing it way out of proportion, and the Web of Trust rating means nothing to me. An app that's supposed to control your accounts has access to your accounts. Gasp!

      • Mike Shaw

        Fair enough. But I don't think you understood me. I never *gave* zero pc my Google credentials officially. *They* took them from my concurrent chrome browsing session. That's it. *Take* it *Or* leave it.

        • Ron Amadeo

          They didn't do this to me.

          You never give them your credentials. They use OAuth to access your account, which is very nice because they never get your password. You only ever click an "allow" button.

        • Mike Shaw

          @Ron Amadeo That's the exact issue: there never was the standard Google oauth page asking if I would like to allow or deny. There was nothing but their app just helping it self to my Google account. Unacceptable.

  • Freak4Dell

    Wish it had support for more services, like SkyDrive.

    I'm probably the only mobile user left who doesn't use DropBox.

    • Ron Amadeo

      Wait a minute... Windows Live Skydrive?!

      Why use that over dropbox?

      • Freak4Dell

        I don't use either one on my phone, but I do back up my school documents to SkyDrive because I have a ton of files...way too much for the 2GB or whatever DropBox gives.