In the past eight months, integration with cloud storage services is entering mainstream. First Sony Ericsson (now Sony Mobile) packed 50GB (a $99 value) with its Android phones, then Samsung, and now Western Digital is joining the frame… by not offering any free storage on Dropbox. Confused?
There's no secret that vendors are pushing the cloud storage idea left and right. Going with Windows Phone platform gets you 25GB "lifetime" storage on Microsoft's own Live service, large amount of smartphone makers made their announcements which ranged from 5 to 50GB of free storage and now we have Western Digital offering – none.
The company launched second generation of their "WD 2Go" app with an appropriate press release touting tighter integration with their personal cloud products such as My Book Live, My Book Live Duo (2 HDDs) or their latest entry, My Net N900 – a Wi-Fi router with embedded storage. According to the company, "personal cloud products provide shared storage on the home network, letting customers…" to do this and that. Furthermore, you can move files between mobile devices, Dropbox account and the WD personal cloud. In case you exceed the available storage on your Dropbox account or overflow the memory on the smartphone, you can use email to send a link for downloading the large file.
All in all, a neat package – but it would be much sweeter if Western Digital added a bit of a free storage to the cloud – given that their competitors already do so with select products from the GoFlex line of external storage. The app is available for Android and iOS, so if you're interested, head to the respective stores.