Tech Crunch has spotted what we believe is a big change in the amount of data that Android tablet and phone users will consume. Amazon Cloud Drive is an expansion of the cloud system Amazon already uses to drive its music service, and gives those signing up 5GB of free online storage for photos and videos.
Amazon Cloud Drive is available via the Google Play store and can upload individual photos or whole albums once installed on the Android device. Access to the media is available on any computer via a web browser. For those who want more storage data plans in addition to the free allowance are 20GB for $10 per year, 100GB for $50 through to 1TB for $500 a year.
The ability to upload media from the phone means people on devices with limited storage can free up space for more pictures without the need to dock with a PC or Mac. An 8 Mega pixel image on a smartphone is usually around 2MB in size, for those who upload a lot of photos it will be important to watch your data allowance, or learn to make use of the various free Wi-Fi options.
Amazon Cloud Drive is not the first cloud based photo storage service, there are competing services from DropBox and iCloud. The competition all depends on how well they integrate with the devices people own, and whether the cost of extra capacity appeals to more than just 1 or 2%. There are also devices like the Eye-Fi SD cards that have built-in wireless that can transfer photos to your mobile phone/tablet and also upload to cloud based services direct from compatible cameras.