Most smartphone users are familiar with cloud-based storage providers like Dropbox, Google Drive or on other platforms, iCloud. These are joined by several other options as companies try to get in on the action, resulting in services like Verizon’s cloud storage solutions for their subscribers. Since they are not yet a big name outside of China and other Asian markets, Xaiomi’s cloud storage service is not yet well-known. However, Xiaomi is expecting growth in revenues from the services it provides to grow by 4 to 5 times for 2015 compared to the prior year. Read more
Forget about internal storage on your devices because everything is heading to the cloud. There are cloud storage services available on all major platforms and even more make up the third-party offerings. It seems that offering ample cloud storage for free or at a low cost is an easy way to secure customers. Amazon, which has its Cloud Drive service, announced two plans that could be very enticing.
Companies with cloud storage services can always provide more space to retain existing users or pry others away from the competition. Right now, current Dropbox users can move over to OneDrive and receive 100GB of storage at no cost for one year. Taking advantage of this offer will require both Dropbox and Microsoft accounts. Once Microsoft verifies everything, a document for new OneDrive users will be added to Dropbox. Then Microsoft will freely add 100GB of storage to OneDrive to confirm completion.
The promotion is designated for people in the United States; however, select international users are seeing identical results.
Subscribers of Amazon Prime in Canada now have another incentive to stick with the service. Aside from offering free two-day shipping on a massive amount of items, Amazon will supply unlimited cloud storage for photos. Subscribers get 5GB of Cloud Drive storage; however, photos will not have any affect on that number. Upload as many photos as you want and it will not make a dent in the 5GB of storage.
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Microsoft’s cloud storage competitor to Google Drive has had a small update today. The OneDrive app adds push notifications for shared files and folders, thumbnails for business files, custom PIN timeouts and the bug fixes we normally see with any kind of app update.
Microsoft and Dropbox have announced a pretty unlikely partnership that will allow Microsoft Office customers to integrate Dropbox into their day-to-day work. You’ll be able to keep your documents and work synced across all of your devices at work and at home, and you can make quick edits on just about any device you have. Read more
If you’re a user of OneDrive you’ll be happy to know that the cloud storage service now supports files up to 10GB. Users will be able to upload these large files via the apps for Windows, Mac, the web site and all OneDrive mobile apps. According to Microsoft this feature is the highest requested feature. Business users will have to wait as the company works to bring support. But if you’re an Office 365 user with that one terabyte of storage burning a hole in your cloud storage wallet, then you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be able to fill up that space faster. Enjoy.
According to some information given to Dropbox for Business customers, Dropbox has a press event planned on April 9th to unveil a new feature that will let users switch back and forth between multiple accounts in the Dropbox application. This will be extremely helpful for customers that like to manage both business and personal accounts from one device.
This sounds like it’s going to be a nice feature to add to an already solid platform offered by Dropbox, but there’s still some mystery about whether or not Dropbox will drop their cloud storage rates to compete with Google’s outrageous price drops. Dropbox charges $49.99 per month for 500 GB of storage, while Google Drive offers twice as much space for a fifth of the price currently.Moving forward, that extreme price disparity is going to overshadow any new features Dropbox introduces.
source: Techno Buffalo
Sprint users will have another option for storing their data in the cloud as the cell carrier is launching its own cloud storage service, starting today. Unlike its Verizon and AT&T counterparts, Sprint gives a free option with the ability to pay for unlimited storage. If you opt for the free model you’ll get 5GB. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay $4.99 a month for the unlimited storage option. AT&T only offers a 5GB plan whereas Verizon offers up to 125GB. It’s available for both Android and iOS.
So if you’re on the Now Network look for the cloud storage app in the Play Store. Even with other options for cloud storage out there, you’ll be hard pressed to find one with unlimited storage for $5 a month.
source: The Verge
In addition, it’s being reported that this excludes the developer edition of the One for now nor does it allow you to get the upgrade with an unlocked bootloader. If you’re looking to bank on the offer, it’s good until January 1, 2016 so you should have plenty of time, especially if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new HTC device in the next several months or more.