| Nov 11, 2010
This week we released Carbonite Access for Android – our most feature-rich mobile app to date. If you’re familiar with our iPhone and Blackberry mobile apps, you may have correctly guessed that this free application provides Carbonite subscribers with the ability to quickly and easily access all of their backed up files through their Android phone.
But that’s not all it does. It also enables Carbonite users to easily share their files via email, Facebook, Picasa and many other Android-supported applications, as well as to instantly listen to their backed up music and view their backed up photos directly on their phone.
There are two big advances in the Android app. I think we’re the first backup application to offer thumbnail photo browsing. We take all your backed up photos and compute thumbnails on the fly so that you can browse your pictures just as you would browse locally stored photos on your phone. We pre-cache photos so that when you’re flipping from photo to photo, it’s fast. The other big advance is music playback: when you click on a tune, it starts playing right away – you don’t have to wait for the whole tune to download.
There are many cloud-based applications these days, such as Flickr, mp3tunes.com, Google docs, Picasa, and so forth. The key difference between those services and Carbonite Access, is that your songs, photos, documents, and other files are already backed up to the Carbonite cloud – you don’t have to upload anything. And all you content is available at the touch of a finger in one place.
You’re going to be hearing a lot more about the idea of a “personal cloud.” In a world where you’re always connected, no matter where you are, you should be able to get at any file on any of your computers. When you back up your computers with Carbonite, you are creating a “personal cloud,” and now it’s our job to ensure that you can access it anytime, anywhere.