Mobile technology has moved beyond limitations of imagination in the recent years. From operating system development to the compactness of the hardware, mobile technology is available in a completely new face. But, this advancement in technology is nowhere close to stagnancy. Cloud technology is yet to mark its lasting impression in this category. The cloud technology has started crawling on the mobile platform and has helped inject changes in the way people think about a phone.
Implementation of cloud computing on mobile technology promises the delivery of some great features. To reach the users in enhanced manner, cloud is a necessity for mobiles. The first look at the crust shows that cloud computing has converted a smartphone into a remote access to vast storage. With cloud technology, users can store their personal data, documents, pictures and much more at single place via a simple handheld smartphone and can access it anywhere, anytime.
Giant Operating Systems and Apps in Lineup
The cloud computing trend has got a major booster with the advent of the giants in technology. With ‘Cloud first, Mobile first’ strategy, Microsoft has made its intentions clear about their focus. And Apple, too, has shown positive indications that they are innovating something really big with cloud technology in mobiles.
But leading them is someone else – the famous Android. Being cost effective is a major reason of its leadership. The biggest player in the mobile operating system market, Android, has always been keen on interpreting cloud technology into its cores. Most impressive thing about Android is the freedom of app development to support the modern causes.
Talking about the mobile apps and cloud, Dropbox cannot be missed. It supports a huge number of websites, internet applications, individual users and business with its cloud services. Dropbox, a San Francisco-based application is a massive name among the cloud computing players. Reports claim that Dropbox reached 400 million users worldwide.
Almost 7-year-old service has benchmarked the advancement of cloud in mobiles. As mobile app, it is available for almost all leading smartphone platforms, such as- Android, Windows, iOS, Blackberry, etc. But an interesting and impressive thing about Dropbox is that it has more to offer than just being a data dump option. It offers a very intuitive mail application for Apple and Android devices. Carousel, an inbuilt application with Dropbox, designed to manage the photos and videos is a great plus.
Apple has its say as well
Apple, on the other hand, approached the cloud technology in a much broader way. Its iCloud service is for storing user’s data such as documents, pictures, audios and videos. Apple took a different approach by developing its own cloud application to support storage and backup for its own devices rather than going with the flow of the industry. This ultimately worked in favor of the company as most of its users were already waiting for it, because of their brand value. Launched in 2011, the network has about 320 million users recorded as on July 2013. It works on iOS 5 and above versions. For the mobile devices, it offers a very secure and reliable syncing feature.
Merging iTunes with the iCloud took most of the audience by surprise. Previously users were only able to add limited songs to their library, but with the introduction of iCloud, now they can add as many tracks as they wish to. It even acts a major tool to safeguard the personal data of the user if his phone is lost.
What lies ahead
The future of cloud technology on mobile phones appears to be very positive. Many new players are still emerging strongly in the market, which means the cloud sector is yet to achieve its optimum efficiency. As far as cloud technology goes, it is very cost efficient and green as well. That satisfies the basic need of the futuristic approach with technology.
With cloud technology getting a steady grip on smartphones, there are future possibilities that it will help companies to save millions in manufacturing of storage devices like SD Cards, USB Drives, Hard Disks, etc.
Cloud technology will also lead to decisive innovations in data research with the help of mobile technologies. Being more users focused it can be devised to adapt with the habits and trends; it will help in delivering personalized and friendly services. With proper time and investment, the cloud can do wonders to mobile phone technology. It might seem to be a lengthy process, but it has some great results in store.