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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Do You Own An Android Tablet?

Cloud storage has been gaining popularity in the last few years, and is strongly making its way from the tech niche to the mainstream. Companies big and small have been making their files and documents available on the cloud for some time, and now they're increasingly moving their entire operating platform off local devices in favor or the web. Independent users are making the push too; particularly for Android owners, services like Picasa, Google Docs, and Google Music all take a large chunk of data off the device, and instead put it in the cloud.

We've been hearing about Google's next push into the cloud - dubbed Google Drive - for quite some time. The service more or less fills in the gaps around the existing cloud storage services mentioned above - rather than allowing you to store one specific type (or genre) of file, it will allow you to store anything.  And from the start, you'll get 5GB of free space, with upgrades available (or so we're hearing).

For some people, relying on the cloud is a cause for concern; others feel it's just not necessary. Then again, some people use the cloud extensively. When it comes to your Android device(s), where do you stand? How much do you use cloud services?

Do You Use Cloud Storage With Your Android?

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Note: yes, this is totally subjective. No, it's not scientific. But dammit Jim, we're an Android blog, not a trade journal!

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    I use Dropbox here and there, mostly to get a file I rarely need but I don't really rely on them.

  • Marc Edwards

    i use the cloud to sync my photos to my laptop and transfer the occasional file, that's all reli. 64 GB memory card, can just store most things i need on that.

  • peacekeeper05

    I use cloud to save documents, photos and music. So it's easier to access those anywhere that has internet. it saves memory space too.

  • Gloria Tortorella

    I use Dropbox and the photos instant upload daily on my Galaxy Nexus :) Waiting for Google Drive

  • mutsu

    Using dropbox.ubuntuone..box..everyone have a use for me..

  • NickAVV

    I don't use any cloud file storage, but I am completely reliant on Google Music now

  • RyanB

    I use Dropbox at least once a week, but it's more for the ubiquitous access, shared folders, and peace of mind if I lose my hardware, vs offloading stuff to make room .

  • Bojan Gutic

    Dropbox, instant upload, and Google Music.

  • Graeme Law

    I store all my documents on Google Docs, my pictures on Google+ and my music on Google Music.  I take backups of Docs onto Dropbox (just to be sure) :-)

  • RampageDeluxe

    I use a variety of services for a variety of reasons. I have my music movies and photos on the cloud. I use it to trade files and projects with friends and collaborators. I use it to house an extra copy of my school work in case something goes wrong, which something usually does. I also use it to trade ringtones and wallpapers with my family. Backups for apps and games, transfer those backups between devices and so on. I could keep going.

  • http://www.247smartphone.com/ Flavio

    I have 30GB on DropBox for docs I need on various platforms plus instant upload from my phone camera; 50GB on Box that I have never used yet; 25GB on Skydrive connected on my secondary Windows Phone but accessible from my Android too. Then there are Google Docs and Picasa, and soon G-Drive.

  • Andy Y

    I'd like to amend that the reason for NOT using cloud storage with my Android phone, is because Sprint 3G data services are absolutely TERRIBLE in Chicagoland right now.  And WiMAX is far too battery intensive.  Really a shame, since it's a Catch-22...

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    I don't use cloud storage because data packages in Canada are expensive and small.  I would actually use a cloud storage service if it weren't for that issue.

  • Eduardo Diaz

    I use Dropbox and Box. Maybe i'll use more box than dropbox but they really need a pc-client like dropbox and i would stop using dropbox. I hope google drive brings a change in this kind of services

  • gautch

    I use dropbox and my pogoplug. They have saved me many times!

  • Sleepybird10

    I use Dropbox for my videos and photos and Google storage for contact and Web sites information, that won't change after Google drive, I worry about all my info been stored in one place.

  • h_f_m

    Very rare that I do. I have a ton of music on my GNex (16M gsm) that I switch out using my nas from time to time. I have no interest in a heavy amount of video content.

    Being on the subway most of the time when I'm listening to music or reading which are my primary and only really media use cases limits the appeal of cloud storage and streaming.

    when I'm at work on wifi, it's almost all email and calendar, when at home on wifi I'm usually just reading news, social media, or looking up some inane fact we're discussing.

    I use cloud storage rarely to store a doc or something.

  • Herpderp

    Pogoplug is all I use daily. It's nice to have a 12TB personal cloud.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    my backups on dropbox, my music on google music, my contacts in the clouds, my pictures in google plus and facebook, I can say I have everything on the cloud

  • Jammer

    Google Music, DropBox (mostly for eBooks, but also for images and video), Box, Tonido.

  • Jimmy6

    Switching out crappy Android for Windows Phone 7.

    • manlisten

      We will miss you.

      • ericl5112

        No we won't.  I'm never sorry to see a bitter troll leave.

    • aergern

      Do not let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Friggin troll.

    • choklityum

      Cuz moving to a Win7 phone is a brilliant move. NOT.

  • Skillit

    I don't use streaming music, because that is a killer for everyone on a cheap plan but for docs, pics, vids, mission critical backups and other small files I use extensively, especially if such files are going to be handled on different devices.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BRX52OJU64KNPS57GLB5VEUHXE A

    Dropbox on occasion, when I need to move something from my tablet to my PC, or vice versa.

  • Jerry Gooch

    You know, I'd like to see google drive take application data such as game saves and push them up to the cloud. It would be way less of a hastle to go from Modern Combat 3 on my Transformer Prime to my Skyrocket. I'm really hoping that it gets integrated into the service. maybe not even count as part of your 5 gigs.

  • liveTexas

    Really strangely asked as All Androids use Cloud Storage natively ... Apps, Music, Pictures, etc. All using Google's Android "Cloud".

  • http://twitter.com/VesNL Vilmar

    I think many users use cloud without actually realizing it. 

  • Frazer McIntosh

    If you think about it, everyone with a Google account linked to their phone uses cloud storage every day - email, contacts, calendar

  • Martinp

    I think Cloud storage is great as a feature, but I wouldn't rely on that alone. Personally i use dropbox for storing all my android stuff (apps, ROMs, kernels...) and videos/photos. At work we are obligated to use Box.

  • Justaguest

    What about security for sensitive documents?  Encrypt with True Crypt or winzip encryption?

  • http://profiles.google.com/flamesbladeflcl Flame Blade

    Google Music, Dropbox (files and instant upload pictures), Google voice sync, etc

  • Zaeem S.

    There should have been an "I don't use Cloud services yet because I'm waiting for Google's cloud services" option.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000957135541 Brent Diamond

    i only have 2 GB on my ATT plan and will only have 2 when i switch to Red Pocket, so no.  if we had city/campus wide wi-fi that was fast, then i might.

  • Raghav Khanna

    I don really use it but waiting for GDrive to launch, as the usability will be very easy once the app is out , meanwhile came across this tool called CollateBox http://www.collatebox.com/ which looks like an powerful cloud storage tool.

  • n_g

    dropbox which I will phase out in favor of wuala (encryption!) , amazon cloud for music

  • Brian Breniser

    Does google music count? i technically have more streamable music than my nexus S can even hold even if i wanted it all on my phone...

  • Graham Parkes

    I occasionally use Dropbox and Box cloud storage for transfering docs and other small files between the cloud and my phone, but due to limitations with existing data plans (speed and data limits), I would not even consider using cloud storage for transfering larger files such as movies and music between my phone and the cloud.

    Personally, I prefer to have as much memory on my phone as possible (16GB in internal + 32GB microSDHC) on my Galaxy S2, as I like to store 4,000 + songs on my phone as well as a couple of movies and maybe half a dozen TV series episodes, + many eBooks, eComics and several hundred apps.

    My music collection (about 30GB) is actually backed up on Dropbox, but as mentioned above, I don't access it from my phone, it's purely as a back up in case my PC's hard drive dies.

    There seems to be a trend with some phone manufacturers not including a MicroSD card slot on their phone, which I think is a really dumb move. Lack of a MicroSD card slot is a deal breaker for me. I really hope the Galaxy S3 includes a MicroSD card slot which supports MIcroSDXC standard.

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