Amazon releases Android, iOS mobile apps for its Cloud Drive service
July 6, 2015 | By Fred Donovan
Amazon has released dedicated Android and iOS mobile apps for its Cloud Drive service, which is a competitor to Dropbox, Google Drive and other file hosting service, reported TechCrunch.
The apps were made available with little fanfare on the Apple's iTunes this weekend, and on Google Play and Amazon Appstore last month.
The mobile apps provide a simplified folder list and the ability to view and share files. In addition, users can play music and videos stored on the Amazon Cloud Drive.
Unlike previous mobile apps that only worked on certain aspects of Cloud Drive, such as uploading photos from smartphones, these mobile apps are aimed at productivity, said TechCrunch.
The apps enable users to view folders set up on Cloud Drive, drill down into the folders and open and view supported files, such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations and photos. However, the apps don't include file editing, uploads from mobile, automatic syncing or the ability to move files or edit their metadata, the reported noted.
The mobile apps enable users to share files as links and attachments in emails and messages or post them on social media.
While the mobile apps are pretty basic, the fact that Amazon is expanding its Cloud Drive service to mobile could signal broader ambitions for the service, such as competing head on with Dropbox and other popular cloud storage services, judged TechCrunch.