It seems that everyone’s doing the cloudy thing. I’m talking about the recent trend in storing data, such as pictures, videos, songs, and what-have-you to cloud services such as Apple’s iCloud and Google’s own Google Drive.
Microsoft, not be left behind, also launched its own cloud service named SkyDrive. This means that people who want to safely stash their files in a place that they can access from any location now has a variety of options to choose from. Cloud users can literally access their files not just from their main computers but also them from their laptops, tablets, and their phones.
If you’ve got a Microsoft SkyDrive account, you might have seen the Microsoft client for iOS but strangely not for Android devices. There have been some talks that the Android app for the service is coming soon, who knows when it will officially arrive? Having to wait until you get home to access your SkyDrive files can be frustrating, especially when you need a certain file or a whole bunch of them right now.
Worry not, because one developer has come to Android users. Android SkyDrive Explorer is a simple app that promises to give you a cleaner and simpler Microsoft SkyDrive experience. And, it certainly delivers.
This free ad-free client for Microsoft cloud service, developed by William Killerud, allows you to view photos and listen to music straight from the cloud. You can also easily manage your SkyDrive files with Android SkyDrive Explorer.
Create a folder and move and copy files from and to anywhere on your SkyDrive. If you need a certain file from the cloud, it’s easy to save it on your phone; all you need is one click. If you still need more files, save yourself a lot of time by using Android SkyDrive Explorer’s batch downloading feature.
Uploading content from your phone is easy, too. Hit the Share button on your images or open the app and hit the upload button. For those of you who have multiple files you need to upload, no problem. Android SkyDrive Explorer supports not just batch downloading but uploading as well.
You need to give the app permission to “Access information at all times” for when you auto-login after you’ve signed in. Naturally, you’ll also need to give the “SkyDrive” permission for obvious reasons. It requires Android 2.1 to run, which should not be a problem for most users.
Feedback has generally been positive, with a few users complaining that the app requests for access to their contacts. Other users have also reported that if they browse too far into the folders, Android SkyDrive Explorer experiences force closes. In addition, there is currently no option to preview images before you upload them and it is not possible to flip through photo albums.
If you want to be able to access your SkyDrive account anywhere you are, get Android SkyDrive Explorer today. Listen to music or view images before you download them to your phone or organize your files while you’re on the move. Android SkyDrive Explorer is free and available for download from the Google Play Store.