Western Digital has launched two new personal-cloud
apps for mobile
devices running iOS or Android. The apps provide mobile users with direct access to the personal digital
content they've stored at home on one of Western Digital's My Book Live network-attached storage (NAS) drives.
Available for download from Apple's iTunes Store and Google's Android Market, the new WD 2go and WD 2go Pro apps combine the benefits of both public and private cloud solutions -- but without their drawbacks, said Western Digital Executive Vice President Jim Welsh.
"Consumers demand the anywhere, any-device access they can get from 'the cloud,' but don't want to pay monthly fees or lose control of their personal data," Welsh said.
"With the new WD 2go mobile apps and WD's My Book Live personal cloud storage, consumers now have a simple and fast way to securely store, share, and access all their digital content from their mobile devices wherever they are," Welsh explained.
On the home front, the My Book Live drive serves as the central storage facility for the entire family's multimedia content library. From there movies, music, photos and home videos can be streamed to a variety of devices located throughout the home -- including DLNA-certified television sets and game consoles as well as compatible HD media players and Blu-ray Disc machines.
Connected laptops on the go as well as remote PCs with an Internet connection also can access the home's My Book Live drive over a standard browser link that is password protected. WD 2go and WD 2go Pro extend the same personal cloud experience to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch as well as mobile devices running Android 2.1 or higher.
The free WD 2go app supports a variety of file formats for streaming movies and music tracks. Moreover, users will be able to view their Microsoft Office documents as well as other files produced in alternate formats such as Apple Keynote.
Also on tap is a free WD Photo mobile app for viewing any photo or video clip that resides on the user's My Book Live drive. What's more, the software enables any video clips or photos produced by the user's smartphone or media tablet to be uploaded directly to the My Book Live drive back home.
A Premium Mobile Offering
Priced at $2.99, WD 2go Pro provides mobile users with additional features, such as the ability to download digital content to the mobile device for later viewing in an offline mode. The premium offering also enables users to privately share My Book Live content with friends, family and colleagues -- either as email file attachments or by establishing a special link for the files to be shared.
Any new or modified files that become added to the household's My Book Live platform will automatically sync to the mobile devices running the premium edition of WD's new app. Mobile users "want access to all their files without worrying about what files are synced to what device," Welsh said.
Moreover, WD 2go Pro users can choose to activate a four-digit passcode to further enhance their My Book Live drive security. Additionally, the new premium mobile offering gives users the ability to print and open files with third party apps.
Western Digital's My Book Live personal cloud drives are compatible with machines running Microsoft's Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems as well as the Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion releases of Apple's Mac OS X. The company's 1TB, 2TB and 3TB models are priced at $159.99, $199.99 and $249.99, respectively.