The Mobile Clouding Industry
Cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular on mobile devices of all kinds. Android, iPhone, and Kindle are just a few of the mobile devices that have embraced the cloud storage revolution. Each company has their own version of cloud storage, allowing users to back up and view their documents from their mobile devices like they would a PC. The difference with the companies offering cloud storage is that mobile devices are not primarily used for word documents and sensitive information. Clouds for mobile devices need to be catered to work with media and entertainment applications and files.
Cloud storage is allowing application developers to create apps that never would have been possible before. Before apps were created using clouds, app creators had to maintain all aspects of the application’s development, causing the final product’s innovativeness to suffer and profits to be lower. Whereas now with cloud storage, all of the general, technical stuff is taken care of by the cloud service providers, leaving app designers to do what they do best- produce intriguing, best selling money makers. The apps that designers produce can be much more elaborate than previous apps, due to the increased amount of space developers have to work with. More detail, more interaction, and more everything can be included in a game now that the space it can take up is practically endless.
Apple has gone so far as to name one of their services iCloud. This feature allows the user to access all of their music, photos, videos, and documents from any Apple device. iCloud allows users to share content, back up important information, and check in with friends and family. iCould also protects the user’s device if it’s stolen. The user can track the device using another Apple product with iCloud, as well as lock it so no one else can use it while it’s missing. iCloud includes a free email account that is automatically updated every time it is opened, as well as many other features.
Amazon also has its own cloud storage, called the Amazon Cloud Drive. Much like iCloud, users can back up important pictures, files, and documents, as well as access their content from anywhere. Kindle charges for this service, starting at around $10 for 5GB. Unlike the iCloud service, there are not many extras. The Amazon Cloud Drive seems to be a very basic cloud storage system at this point, possibly just until the customer base increases.
As the world becomes increasingly more mobile than ever before, technology is striving to keep up, especially mobile technology. As if cloud storage wasn’t mobile enough for us, now we can access cloud storage on our mobile devices from anywhere. We are constantly granted access to everything we could ever desire and everything we’d never desire. The advancements in the technology of our mobile devices really makes me wonder what’s next for us. At the rate we’re going, we’re going to be time traveling in a few years and wondering why we spent so much time messing around with cloud storage.