September 20, 2014

Five for Friday: Android apps for sharing and synchronizing files

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Fact: Android is pretty awesome.  No other mobile platform makes it so easy to share a photo, email, thought, or file.  Thanks to a great selection of apps, there are seemingly endless ways in which we can share something with our friends, family, or ourselves.  But what about when we wanna share lots of stuff with someone?  Or those times when we wish we had those old pictures with us from the days before smartphone?  There’s gotta be a convenient way to get to that stuff, right?  You betcha – Lots of ways!

Today’s list of apps is geared toward helping users find ways to back up large amounts of files or documents.  What’s more, these are also titles that make it easy to sync your files across multiple devices.  And just for good measure, these are apps that allow for easy sharing with other users and/or platforms. Unfortunately, we’ve got to stick to just five apps total. To that end, we ask that you tellus your favorite apps for buying and selling stuff from around the house.

This week: Android apps for sharing and synchronizing files

Google Drive

With Google Drive, you can store all your files in one place, so you can access them from anywhere and share them with others.  Use the Google Drive Android app to access your photos, documents, videos and other files stored on your Google Drive.  Upload files to Google Drive directly from your Android device
Share any file with your contacts.

If you’ve been using Google products for any length of time then chances are good you’ve had some experience with Google Drive or Google Docs.  What was once considered a stripped-down, cloud-based version of MS Office has evolved to one of the most practical apps and services we use. Not only do we get to host our business files and documents, but now we’re putting music, photos, and other goodies in the Google locker.  Thanks to browser plugins and seamless Google integration across platforms, Drive makes it a breeze to sync, access, and share files.

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Dropbox

Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

Perhaps one of the first names we all think of when it comes to sharing a bunch of photos or documents, Dropbox has almost become a verb.  Today, we think nothing of telling someone we’ll Dropbox all of our birthday party pictures or those PSD files. As a free service that starts with 2GB of storage, it’s incredibly easy to score additional capacity at no cost.  Consider a couple of paid options starting at only $9.99/mo and you could get 100GB, 200GB, or 500GB of storage.  Bonus points awarded for the seamless way in which third party apps and services work with Dropbox, letting us save email attachments, auto-upload files, and other cool things!

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SugarSync

Have you ever been away from home or the office and realized you need a file that is on your computer? SugarSync puts ALL of your data from all of your computers right at your fingertips…anytime, anywhere from your Android device. With SugarSync, you get free cloud backup that you can use to sync files, share folders, and access your data directly from your Android device. If you like Dropbox, iCloud, or Carbonite, you’ll love SugarSync.

We’ve come to love the ease in which we can access all of our files, photos, and music from an Android handset or tablet. Automatically backs up and synchronizes our docs, let’s us share across email, SMS, or social networks, and even allows for music streaming.  Want to pull down a single file?  Full folder?  Whatever your needs, SugarSync is one of the most simple ways to manage the content from our mobile and desktop devices. Sign up and score 5GB of storage for free or spend a few bucks a month for anywhere between 30GB and 100GB.  Who are we kidding here?  Pop for that 500GB plan – it’s only $39.99/month.

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Box

Box for Android lets you view and share files from anywhere! With 5GB free, Box makes it easy to access and edit your files, share content and stay connected with your team from anywhere on any device. Box OneCloud is our ecosystem of apps where you can annotate, e-sign and do more with your favorite productivity apps. More than 120,000 companies – including 92% of the FORTUNE 500, rely on Box for simple, secure content sharing.

Like the others listed here, Box lets users access, view, edit, share and manage their files.  Where this one really shines, is the shared workspaces where can collaborate with others, editing and uploading as a group.  Real-time notifications , tasks, and emails keep us connected to work files and also tell us who is helping to finish the TPS reports before cutting out for the weekend.  Free personal accounts come with a minimum of 5GB storage but there’s a whole host of options for business and enterprise users, too.

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Carbonite Mobile

View, share & listen to the files in your Carbonite backup right on your phone. With this app, you can backup all of your Android smartphone’s full resolution photos and videos.* And, from any internet connected device you can browse, view and share all of your backed up photos and videos by logging into your Carbonite account at www.carbonite.com.

Carbonite, long a name in backing up files, really sees enhanced value with its mobile client.  Why bother setting up automatic and unlimited backups if you can’t get to those files from anywhere in the world. Don’t answer that, it was rhetorical.  In all seriousness, when we think of total file and folder backup, we think of Carbonite.  Thanks to its Android app, we can access all those old party photos from back in the day.  The day being before our smartphones.  While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and pull down all our CD’s we ripped to our desktop in the early 2000′s.

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Your turn!

What’s your favorite Android for backing up your files or sharing with others?  Is it one of the five we picked?  What do you like most about it?  Leave a comment below and share with the class!

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