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.
There's really no point in denying it anymore for the folks up at Mountain View. Google's cloud storage solution, likely to be called Google Drive, is happening. In today's Android developer Hangout when the Googlers were talking about apps, the Drive icon and name can be clearly seen in the Android sharing menu.
The developer phone in the video could have a fully functional version of Drive running on it, which would lend some credence to the rumor that the service could be launched next week.
Dropbox has been the reigning king of cloud storage and syncing for a few years now, but the competition is getting intense. LogMeIn, which is best known for its remote access apps, has just launched a cloud storage solution of its own called Cubby. Not only does Cubby come with 5GB of free storage to Dropbox's 2GB, but it also implements a peer-to-peer sharing system that will help you get around that limit.
If there's one thing that I hate about having multiple Android devices, it's the inability to easily keep application data synced across them. For example, I love hidden object games and usually play them on my Transformer Prime. But, if I want to play the same game on my Nexus, I can't pick it up from where I left off on my Prime. And that's just lame.
When it comes to must-have tools installed on my desktop, laptop, tablets, and phones, Dropbox is close to the very top of the list. Having access to your data anytime, anywhere, from any device, is an absolute godsend, and anyone who isn't yet using Dropbox is missing out on an insanely useful service.
For those who are using Dropbox, though, you probably know how easy it is to score some free space by getting your friends to sign up for the service with your referral code.
It has been several years since the first rumors of Google's cloud storage service "Drive" started popping up, but for quite a while we didn't see any of them come to fruition. Just last month, however, we saw a leaked screenshot showing off the Drive logo and its interface, leading us to believe that an official launch wouldn't be too far off.
According to GigaOM's sources, Google plans to launch Drive in the first week of April, offering users 1 GB of storage space for free, with a charge for any more storage; rather paltry compared to Dropbox's free 2 GB of storage.
Popular synchronization software and Dropbox competitor SugarSyncreceived and update earlier today that brings a slew of enhancements and bug fixes to the app, including support for Android 4.0. Here's a look at the full changelog:
Easily share files and entire folders to your friends on Facebook, email, SMS, and more.
Select multiple items at once. We support batch operations!
Just three short weeks ago, we shared news of a major update to Dropbox for Android that, among other things, brought automatic photo/video syncing to the service. At the time, it was still in beta and only available for download directly from Dropbox, but now a final version of the update has hit the Market. The changelog:
Allows you to automatically uploads photos and videos in the background using Wi-Fi or data plan
Up to 3 GB of free space for uploading photos automatically (in 500 MB increments)
Upload files of any size
Various performance improvements & bug fixes
Heads up, Dropbox can no longer be installed on your SD Card due to more secure credential storage.
The guys behind the official Dropbox Android app have an enticing present for everyone to check out. They just released an experimental beta v2.0.9 that includes a brand new automatic Camera Upload feature. There are definitely third party apps out there that offer this same service, but it's nice to see the official version updating with some fresh new features.
Here's what you'll find:
The app can now automatically upload photos and videos in the background using Wi-Fi or your data plan.