| BY THE APPLE GIRL
Last week, Steve Jobs introduced Apple’s new iCloud service to be released this Fall. iCloud stores your email, calenders, contacts and automatically pushes them to all your devices. The new digital hub ensures all your devices – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac – are instantly synced and updated when anything changes on any device. The best part of it all is that it is FREE (5GB of free storage for mail, documents and backups; purchased music, apps and books don’t count)! and of course, as Jobs says, “it just works” (effortlessly)
The free iCloud service includes:
Watch Apple’s keynote video here (Skip to 79:00 for the iCloud update).
| BY THE GOOGLE CHIC
Overall, iCloud has a couple of features that I would like to see on Android. However, a lot of the features are not new for Android users 🙂
Here’s the breakdown comparing iCloud to Android.
1. Email, Calendars, Contacts -This is nothing new for Android users, we’ve had this FREE (yes FREE) feature since day one. All these items have always been on the cloud for us.
2. Backup– Being able to sync everything to the iCloud is pretty nice. Right now on Android, music, apps, books and pictures are all stored on the SD card (well most of the apps). Since it’s stored on the SD card, even if your device dies, you’re able to pop the SD card out of your device and place it on your new device. However, just in case the SD card gets corrupted, I wouldn’t mind having all these items sync to the cloud.
3. Documents in the cloud – Google Docs have been around for quite awhile. If I update my docs on my laptop, I can see the changes instantly on my phone 🙂
4. App Store and iBookStore -I do have to say that being able to purchase an app and have it automatically distribute/sync on all your devices is pretty cool. Hopefully we’ll see this feature on Android in the near future.
5. Photo Stream – Sounds like Picasa to me. Right now we have to manually upload our photos to Picasa, so having an automatic feature would be nice. However, once it’s uploaded to Picasca, the pictures can be accessed across different devices. If I log onto to a tablet device, as soon as I sign in it pulls all of the pictures I’ve uploaded to Picasa and downloads it to that device.
6. iTunes in the cloud – Music Beta was recently introduced by Google and I have to say it’s super sweet! It syncs all your music to the cloud server so that you can access it on any device. It even syncs your playlist across all of your devices which I find pretty kool. If you’re offline, it has the ability to play recent songs which you have listend to.
7. iTunes match – This is what iTunes match sounds like to me. For all those songs you got for “free”, just pay Apple $25 instead and you won’t have to upload it. Hmmm, Jobs must have made a pretty good deal with the record companies. I’m sure Apple isn’t keeping the full $25. Sorry, I rather take “weeks” to upload my music than pay any $$! Oh, and why hasn’t Google released their pricing for storing the music? Well, because it’s free for now!