So many advancements have occurred in the world of data storage over the past few decades that it can be hard to consider just how far we have come. From vinyl records to 8-tracks, from cassettes and CDs to digital storage of a completely different kind, it is mind-boggling to consider how streamlined and efficient data storage and retrieval is in the modern day. When you compare this to the past – particularly in terms of how costly and inefficient many of these methods were – you wonder how you lived without these modern data marvels.
One area that has changed everything is the concept of cloud storage: by being able to access data from any device anywhere in the world, a variety of new possibilities has emerged. Below, we will discuss three cloud storage applications for Android devices and what each can provide the user in terms of functionality and benefit.
ES File Explorer
If you were at home and needed to access documents on your computer at work, you had very few options in the past. It was very often the case that this simply could not happen – at best, you could email yourself the files needed before heading home or could store them on a portable thumb drive. These days, though, apps like ES File Explorer have made it possible to share data from any Android device to virtually any other device or cloud-based storage solution available. Not only does ES File Explorer allow users to upload and synchronise any and all files, but the app also works as a file and application manager to keep everything organised. Currently available for free, ES File Explorer can organise your mobile and desktop data into something manageable and will always be with you.
Currently one of the most popular cloud-based storage apps available, Dropbox is a comprehensive solution that allows users to access data from their Android devices, tablets and desktops through one simple interface. Available for free, Android users can download Dropbox and utilise it in a variety of ways. Music can be stored, as can pictures, contact information and any computer files or documents that may be needed later. This means that files from any device – so long as Dropbox is installed on it – can be instantly added and viewable from any other Dropbox-authorised devices. One of the best things about Dropbox is that because it is so popular, virtually every other cloud storage application is compatible with it.
Designed by Microsoft to be its own solution for cloud storage, SkyDrive works on virtually any computer and mobile device. Android users will appreciate the free app, which can be used to access any and all content from authorised devices. If you want to share your files with others, you can quickly do so via email from within the SkyDrive application. Those who wish to view their current files can quickly flip through them, segregate them into specific categories and even open independent apps to view these files from within SkyDrive.
Phillip Smith, the author of this post is an employee at 3xL, a CD Manufacturing company in Sydney. Photography and travelling to places are some of his favorite things to do. Visit www.3xl.com.au for more information.