LG Launches Cloud Service
LG today announced LG Cloud, a free online service for anyone to store up to 5 GB of media files. Customers purchasing an LG smartphone or Smart TV will receive 50 GB of storage for six months, with the option to purchase more storage later. Pricing was not revealed. Designed to compete with Apple's iCloud, the service initially works only with photos, videos, and music. Media is automatically transcoded to appropriate formats and streamed in real time for each viewing device. The service works with Android phones, Windows PCs, and LG Smart TVs. It will be available in starting May 1, launching first in the US and Korea.
Verizon Updates Cloud App with Smart Albums
Verizon Wireless has improved the Verizon Cloud app for Android devices with new features called Smart Albums and Print Shop. Smart Albums can automatically select the best photos and videos to create albums based on events and locations.
Nextbit to Shut Down Cloud Storage On March 1
Nextbit this week warned owners of its Robin smartphone that it plans to shut down its Cloud Storage service on March 1. The company revealed the news in an email to customers.
Google's Files Go File Management App Gains Search Tools
Google today updated Files Go for Android devices and introduced several new features to the file management app. Files Go on Android now supports file search.
Apple Music Is $10/Month
Apple today announced Apple Music, its new streaming music service. In addition to streaming the entire iTunes catalog, the service includes curated playlists.
Google Introduces Google Photos
Google today announced Google Photos, another attempt by the company to help people get a handle on their photos and videos. Google wants Photos to serve as users' central repository for all their photos and videos, make it easy to manage and edit them, and make it easy to share and save the photos that matter.