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
It would seem the war on free cloud storage has begun and Google is trying to take the lead passing Dropbox on the inside lane. The popular search giant is now offering, for eligible HTC devices (primarily the One and One Max) the ability to snatch a whopping 25-50 GB’s of space on Google Drive for two years. The 50 GB’s is good for all One Max versions out there however, it’s a little confusing when it comes to the regular One’s offerings.
It’s been noted that when the HTC One upgrades to Sense 5.5 (as we’ve seen yesterday with the international version) both the Drive application and BlinkFeed should notify you and could possibly show an upgrade offering to 40 GBs (15 GB’s default + 25 GB’s of free storage). 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.
Cloud storage is great, and you can never have enough of it. That’s why Box’s new tweaks to their cloud storage service are great for both current users and new users. According to their blog, they’re doubling the amount of free space that users get, jumping from 5 GB to 10 GB. That’s a pretty hefty jump, and it’s quite a bit more free space than their closest competitor, Dropbox, offers. In addition to the extra free space, Box is introducing a new, low-tier monthly option for users; they’re calling it the starter package, and for just $5 a month you get 100 GB of free space. That undercuts Dropbox by almost 50% for the same amount of storage and puts Box on par with Google Drive pricing.
If you don’t already use Box, now would definitely be a good time to check it out. Are any current Box users happy about the extra storage or new pricing option?
Dropbox has maintained its position as one of the major players in cloud storage space by offering tons of features like automatic photo sharing and storage and some excellent cross-platform apps. Today, they announced a new API for third-party developers called Sync that lets apps take advantage of Dropbox’s reliable storage features, mainly for syncing application data for users. Dropbox Sync is a first step in creating a Dropbox Platform for developers to use to add in cloud storage and file syncing to their applications, which is especially handy for cross-device and cross-platform apps.
Dropbox already offers constantly updated folders and files, so adding in the ability for developers to sync an app’s data across many devices is invaluable. Want to see all of your sketches in your favorite drawing app on both your phone and your tablet? Dropbox Sync can handle that. It’s mainly a developer’s tool, but it’s going to allow developers to make some pretty big improvements to their applications and pad out Dropbox’s impressive 175 million active users.
If you’re like me, you probably utilize more than one cloud storage service. I mostly use Dropbox and Google Drive. I even have a Box account, but I rarely use it. If you frequently use more than one service, you might want to check out CloudCube. It was created by XDA forum member aash-86, and it will allow you to manage Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, and Yandex Disk all from one app. You will have all the same features you would expect to have from the individual apps such as syncing and uploading/downloading.
Mediafire is without a doubt one of the most successful cloud storage solutions out there— thanks to its 30 million user base (and counting). To celebrate this momentous occasion, it has announced that it has completely revamped its its native media player, which is now being rolled out to Android devices everywhere. The aim is for the media player to allow users to stream video and music content through MediaFire’s mobile and web based applications— effectively giving us a sweet alternative to other streaming media players out there now. Coupled with 50GB of free lifetime storage, the new media player will give us the capabilities to stream our music and vids on our devices anytime, anywhere.
The update should be hitting devices any minute now. But while you wait for it in the meantime, you’ll find more details once you check out the press release after the break.
Verizon is looking to bring its customers an enhanced cloud storage solution by introducing its Verizon Cloud app. Also known as a revamped and improved version of its VCast Media Manager, the Verizon Cloud app allows users to choose specific files (think text/MMS messages, images & videos or music, etc.) to be backed-up and synced automatically on Verizon’s unique server. For some added flexibility, Verizon will even allow users of its app to access the files through a traditional PC computer or any other supported smartphone as well. Sweet.
As of now, there are some flexible options for select Verizon customers now. Customers with supported devices have the option of starting out with 500MB of storage for free, though there is the option of moving up to 25GB for $2.99/month, 75GB for $5.99/month and 125GB for $9.99/month. Of course not all Android owners will have the luxury of using the service as of this time as the following devices are supported at this time: Motorola DROID X, DROID X2, DROID 2 Global, HTC Thunderbolt, Incredible, Incredible 2, Samsung DROID Charge, Fascinate, Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2″ and 10.1″, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Verizon confirms that additional devices will see support for the cloud storage solution at a later date.
source: Verizon Wireless
Acer announced today some enhancements to their file sharing/cloud offering, AcerCloud. The service is only available to Acer customers. Up to now, users could upload files from their computer to the cloud service, but they could only view what was already uploaded when using their mobile devices. With this latest update, users with Android and iOS devices will be able to upload files from their devices to the cloud servers as well. Acer promises users won’t be bombarded with messages about capacity limitations.
The updated service added some other new features as well. With a new Remote Files application users can directly access files on their Windows PCs from their mobile devices. AcerCloud Docs will automate the process of pushing Microsoft Office documents out to the cloud. The same type of automation will be offered via PicStream for a user’s photos so that images taken with a smartphone are immediately available on the PC. Similar to the Remote Files application, Acer is also including clear.fi for multimedia files so music and video files can be accessed and played from any device the consumer has connected.
Hit the break for the full press release and don’t forget to check back here at TalkAndroid for more CES 2013 coverage.
It’s getting easier and easier to move everything into the cloud. If you’re not satisfied with some of the cloud storage options like DropBox, Box or Google Drive, or you’re just looking for more space, Vantec might have you covered. Their soon-to-be released NexStar WiFi hard drive dock will let you take an existing SATA 2.5 or 3.5-inch internal drive and create a wireless network drive. Best of all the free Android (and iOS) app will make accessing data from your mobile device a relatively easy task. It will also stream media to UPnP compatible devices. Price and official release date are not yet available but we expect those details to emerge in the next couple weeks.
Full Press Release and app download link after the break