Bitcasa cloud storage service goes mobile with native apps for Android and other platforms

December 18, 2012
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    Bitcasa is a cloud storage service start up that aims to provide unlimited cloud storage to its users. Now, the service has gone mobile by releasing native apps for popular platforms. The Android client for Bitcasa is available for download in the Play Store.

    Along with the dedicated Android app, Bitcasa has also released a Windows app, which is also available now. Before the apps were released, users could only access the service through its HTML5-based site on mobile devices. The company has also announced that native apps for both iOS and OS X platforms are also close to ready and will be released for public in the beginning of January next year.

    Using the mobile apps, users will be able to stream music stored on their drive, access documents on the go, and also access photos stored in their account. The apps are capable of organizing files for the user, no matter what folder structure was used to store them from the computer. Users can also share the files and folders stored on their drive using the app with those who have Bitcasa account as well as those who don’t.

    Cloud-Storage

    The app, like Bitcasa’s website, uses patent-pending “Infinite Drive” which is both encrypted and proprietary. For those who don’t know, the “Infinite Drive” acts as a virtual external hard drive for the user that continues to grow as more data is stored on it. Every byte of data that is stored on Bitcasa’s servers is encrypted which, according to Bitcasa CEO Tony Gauda, is inaccessible even to the Bitcasa team.

    If you are an Android user you can grab the Bitcasa app from the Play Store link in the sources section below. Bitcasa provides infinite cloud storage to users for $10 per month subscription.

    Have you tried Bitcasa yet? What do you think?

    Comments

    • philnolan3d

      I’ve been using Bitcasa for a while and I like the idea, but even with my fast internet connection it was very slow to load things. For example I put all of my MP3s on it and pointed Win Media Player at that folder. After that opening WMP required several minutes of downloading album art every time I opened it before I was able to play anything.

      • Amos

        Um… Have you tried another player? Does it not store local copies of things like Drive, Dropbox, etc?

        • philnolan3d

          No it doesn’t not store a local copy, that’s the point of it. You couldn’t have infinite storage if it stored a copy of everything on your computer. During beta though it does make a duplicate of your “cloudified” folder on your drive just in case, but that folder is hidden. To answer the first question, I’m sure I could use another player, but I like this one. The MP3 thing was just an example of course. As an artist I use many very large files daily, often over 2 or 3 GB so it’s unfortunately not ideal for many of the files I would need it most for.

    • Markus Ressel

      hmm liked the idea when I heard of it the first time and tested the beta a few times but as philnolan3d mentions, for the interesting things (large files and many of them! infinite storage right?) it seems to be unusable because of to slow internet speeds.
      In beta i was very disappointed with how (un)stable and slow it worked and the biggest negative: proprietary encryption.
      Sorry guys, risk a look at Google and you will see open source is the way to go.

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