Amazon Cloud Drive Photos Offers 5GB of Free Storage
Amazon today launched a new cloud service for Android smartphones that allows device owners to store up to 5GB of photos online for free. The service, called Amazon Cloud Drive Photos, is an extension of Cloud Drive to Android devices in a photos-focused way. According to Amazon, "Photos you store in Cloud Drive are surfaced in the app and photos stored via the app are available within Cloud Drive from computers." The photo drive provides one-tap uploading of entire photo albums from either phones or tablets. Photos stored in the cloud can then easily be shared via email and Facebook, and can be viewed on phones, tablets, and computers. The application and service are free to use, though those looking for more storage can buy an additional 20GB for $10 per year.
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 Drive Lets iPhone Owners Save Backups
Google recently made it easier for iPhone owners to save the contents of their devices in the cloud. Google Drive now includes several options within the iPhone app for backing up contacts, calendar events, and photos/videos.
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.
Google Photos Gains Print-Scanning Tool, New Editing Functions
Google today announced a new way for people to save old photos and improve the ones they already have stored in Google Photos. First, PhotoScan is a brand new app that people can use to take pictures of physical prints for storing digitally in the cloud.