Amazon Cloud Drive users now have a new way to access their files anytime, anywhere from mobile devices.
The company recently launched dedicated mobile apps for Cloud Drive, its online file-storage and backup service. Previously available only as a desktop app, Cloud Drive launched quietly in late June for Android and Amazon devices and today became available for iOS.
Although Amazon already has mobile apps for organizing and accessing photos and music in Cloud Drive, the new dedicated apps let users access all files and content stored in the platform, including documents, spreadsheets, PDFs and videos. [24 Cloud Storage Solutions for Small Business]
Competing directly with cloud-storage apps like Dropbox and Box, the Cloud Drive mobile app also lets users share files using a link and includes in-app features like image and document previews. Users can also stream music and videos directly from the app.
However, as of right now, the Cloud Drive mobile apps' functionality is very limited. One major feature that's missing is the upload function, which is a huge drawback for a cloud-storage and file-sharing mobile app. It also lacks in-app file-editing capabilities, and users can't link to Microsoft Office for easy access and real-time collaboration, as they can in Dropbox. Additionally, although the apps have a universal design — they look pretty much the same on all devices — they come with device-specific functions.
For instance, file sorting by name or date is unique to the Android version, while spreadsheet and presentation previews are available only on the iOS version. The iOS app also has more sharing capabilities, such as sharing via instant message and email attachment.
The Cloud Drive mobile app is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore. It will come preinstalled on Kindle devices, except for those running Android 4.2 or later.
Unlike Dropbox, Cloud Drive doesn't come with any free plans. However, it does offer a three-month free trial. Pricing starts at $11.99 per year for the Unlimited Photos plan, which stores only photos and videos, and $59.99 per year for the Unlimited Everything plan for storing documents, multimedia and other types of content. Amazon Prime and Fire device owners get unlimited photos for free.
Learn more about Cloud Drive and sign up for an account at amazon.com/clouddrive.