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Bitcasa has had a hard time of it since launching on Android seven months ago. Thanks to a buggy app for its unlimited storage service, it's currently sitting at a 3.5-star rating in the Google Play Store - not good when you're up against juggernauts like Dropbox and Google Drive. Hopefully the completely revamped 2.0 update will fix that. In addition to the seemingly ubiquitous UI overhaul, stability and performance improvements are mentioned in the changelog.

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The app was already commendably Holo-fied, but now it gets in on all the new bells and whistles of modern Android design: a side menu for top-level navigation, Gmail-style pull-to-refresh, and both light and dark themes. The most important addition is a "recents" section of the home screen - you can choose between recently uploaded files (handy for moving things between devices quickly) or recently viewed ones. Version 2.0 also includes the ability to set a passcode for app access.

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The service still displays photos in a gallery and streams music and video in its own mini-player, though these seem to be just as basic as they used to be (if a bit more pretty). Early reviews of the new version of the app are positive. Naturally you'll need a Bitcasa account to use the app - a generous 10GB of storage is free, with unlimited storage for $100 a year or $10 a month. The app is compatible with devices running Android 2.3 or higher.

What's New

  • New and fresh home screen design
  • View your recents right from the home screen (can toggle between "Recently Added" and "Recently Viewed" by swiping to the right; can rearrange sections by holding them down and dragging)
  • Left navigation drawer for easy access to any section from anywhere in the app
  • Light colored background theme for "My Infinite Drive" and "Documents" views
  • Can set a passcode lock in Settings
  • Pull to refresh in each section
  • Stability and performance improvements

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • lensgrabber

    Still can't permanently delete files and all versions? That sucks. Until I can delete a file and all versions I'm staying away from Bitcasa for day-to-day storage. I hope they get this fixed before my subscription expires otherwise no renew for me.

  • gspida

    Great service. The web portal has a better video player as it can stream even .mkv files. The only file I had trouble with was a .mkv that was over 4 gb. I am sure its a limitation and I'm not complaining. Bitcasa = win
    Edit By the way you can play most files on the mobile app via mx player in hd.

  • Nee Austin

    Bitcasa is kind of a hidden gem. Pretty cheap when you take into account you are allowed to back up terrabytes of data. One you patiently wait for the first backup set to upload, it's smooth sailing afterward. The app was kind of bad though if you wanted to access your media in a streaming fashion. Hopefully it's better now.