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Canonical releases Ubuntu One Files app for Android

With so many cloud storage providers to choose from today, you'd think that there is hardly any more space for competitors to try their luck in this crowded market, right? Well, Canonical apparently does not think so, for the company has just made available its Ubuntu One cloud storage solution to Android users, which can can accessed via the Ubuntu One Files app that is now available for download on the Android Market.

Read on to find out more about Canonical's Ubuntu One cloud service for Android…

Mention the name "Ubuntu" to most people and chances are you will be greeted with blank stares as though you had just spoken some kind of Martian word that nobody recognizes. That, or get drawn into a long ideological debate about just how important a role Ubuntu is playing the the Linux community by making desktop Linux distributions much friendlier for end-users to play around with.

That being said, there is a lot more to Ubuntu than just the desktop Linux distribution that bears its, and one of the services its founding company, Canonical, have released in recent years is that of Ubuntu One, which is a cloud storage service that allows users to store their data online for easy archival and accessibility. And it is this very service which Canonical has just made available to Android users via its Ubuntu One Files application, which is now downloadable off the Android Market at no cost:

Of course, you might probably scratching your head and wondering about Ubuntu One's capabilities, considering how there are countless other cloud storage providers which are seemingly offering more of the same thing. Well, according to a blog post made on the official Ubuntu One blog at Canonical, Ubuntu One Files will allow users to "automatically back up photographs taken from an Android phone’s camera directly to their Ubuntu One personal cloud", thus ensuring that users can rest assured that they have a completely up-to-date photo library in their Ubuntu One cloud at all times. In addition, the blog post claimed that users can perform file sharing directly through the Ubuntu One Files app by simply tapping and holding on the file to instantly post it straight to Facebook, Twitter, or their personal blog.

Of course, with Ubuntu One being a cloud service, it also comes with the standard features users have come to expect from one, such as the ability to let subsccribers store their data into Canonical's servers and access them freely as long as they have a working connection to the Internet. And as an added bonus, Canonical has confirmed in an interview with The Inquirer that it will never rummage through its subscribers' personal data, preferring instead to give them benefit of the doubt that they do not have any illegal or copyrighted content in their storage accounts.

"We do not monitor what people store in their personal clouds. Each person that signs up to Ubuntu One must agree to the legally binding terms and conditions, which clearly outline our acceptable use and conduct policy…Ubuntu One services allow users to store data on Canonical's servers, but this data can not be in breach of any applicable law and or any individual's data protection or privacy rights," said Cristian Parrino, vice president of online services at Canonical.

Sounds good? Well, it gets better: Ubuntu One is free to use, and all you need is to sign up for an account and you get access to 2GB of storage to get started off with. And in the event you need additional space, well, Canonical is already ready to offer them to you at varying subscription rates.

Source: Ubuntu One Blog, The Inquirer, Android Market

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