IN THE CLOUD

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES TRENDS -

You have got data on your PC that you back up on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. But what about your smart­phones that carry much more im­por­tant data like con­tacts, images and mes­sages which will be lost if you lose your phone? There are ways to back up this data, though very few use it. Con­sid­er­ing users are look­ing at au­to­matic and ef­fort­less means of data backup, man­u­fac­tur­ers and OS de­vel­op­ers have now started of­fer­ing cloud backup.

With the IOS 5, Ap­ple in­tro­duced cloud backup ser­vice for all its ide­vices that cre­ated backup and of­fered seam­less shar­ing be­tween them. The icloud stores mu­sic, movies, apps, doc­u­ments and images and also keeps emails, con­tacts and cal­en­dar up to date on across all ide­vices. icloud gives 5GB of free stor­age to ev­ery user and more can be pur­chased.

Sim­i­larly, Mi­crosoft has Skydrive for Win­dows Phone users where they can store images, videos and even files that one can edit on the move. This is avail­able in the form of a free app that can be down­loaded from Win­dows Mar­ket­place.

But be­fore the launch of icloud for iphone, many users used to re­ply on third-party ap­pli­ca­tions like Drop­box. And now some of the An­droid phones are of­fer­ing free stor­age on such apps. For in­stance, HTC has in­te­grated Drop­box into HTC Sense that can be used for sav­ing videos and images. The com­pany of­fers 25GB free stor­age for two years on all its new One se­ries de­vices.

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