Sometimes you get a breather in the rat race and LG has hooked up a sweet little deal with a company named “Box”. The deal is that LG smartphone users that run Android on their smartphone will get 50 gigabytes of free space to put their files. That sure beats one of those $40 dollar MicroSD cards.
Box Offers The Same Service As DropBox, But Bigger
LG has started up a deal with the people from Box to provide their users with some extra storage. The services from Box are similar to the services from a group with a related name; DropBox. The people from HTC have had a deal with DropBox to give up to three gigabytes of free storage. The 50 gigabytes from LG and Box is far superior to the HTC deal.
LG is choosing to use the “cloud” method of storing and accessing data. The term “cloud” is simply another word for the internet. The user will upload and download their music, videos, graphics and other files using the Box Android app and an internet connection. The Box app has a grouping option where the user does not have to wait for one file to be uploaded before another can be started. All of them can be uploaded at one time with the Android app. The app is found in the Android marketplace and is free.
Box Is Not In The Billion Dollar Club Yet
The Box company has offered this deal in the past to those who were running the WebOS ( Palm products ) or iOS mobile operating systems. Now they are focusing on the most popular mobile operating system in the United States, Android. Box started out back in 2005 and have moved up to 225 employees. They describe themselves as a “Cloud Content Management” company. They are not yet in the “billion dollar club” like Groupon, Foursquare, or even their rival DropBox. They have raised about $159 million dollars so far. They seem to be busy with Apple users at the moment. Their dive into the iOS storage market netted them one million users.
Some Disadvantages Of Cloud Storage on an LG Smartphone
The people at HTC are thinking of incorporating the DropBox app into their smartphones. LG Smartphone would do well to do this also, especially since the “cloud” way of doing storage is getting so popular. The tried and true storage of the past, using a hard drive or an external flash drive is getting tested. If this new way of putting storage into the cloud gets more popular, it will of course put more of a strain on the already strained 3G and 4G networks. If the 3G option is used, it will also not be all that “free” since the user will need to pay the carrier for the use of the cell network.
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