When someone asks me to recommend a file synchronization service that works on computers and handsets, Sharpcast’s SugarSync is one of a few that I always mention. (Dropbox and Windows Live Mesh are high on my list, too.) The SugarSync service works with both PCs and Macs, not to mention the iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices. Today, the company adds Android devices to the mix with the release of a free app for handsets — or netbooks — running Google’s operating system. I got an early look at the software last night on a T-Mobile G1 that I’m borrowing from Om. All of the same SugarSync functionality I currently enjoy on my iPhone is there:
- Retrieve and view files from any computer in a SugarSync account
- Browse and upload local files on netbooks or handsets
- Send files and share folders directly from the phone
- View folders shared with users from their phone
- Upload mobile photos from phone to SugarSync account and view all photos stored in SugarSync account directly from a mobile device.
Using the new Android app, I can easily access files or folders on my MacBook, various PCs and even view the mobile photos I’ve taken with my iPhone. With the G1 camera, I can take photos and shoot them back up to my SugarSync account for access on any of my registered devices. I did notice that the photo function was a little strange. Unlike the native Android camera app, there’s no shutter button — instead, you hit the device’s Menu button and a “Take Picture” button appears on the screen. The function works, but it could use some work in terms of elegance. Aside from that minor hiccup, it’s easy to sync or share files from an Android handset with this new free application.
Sharpcast offers a free 2GB account for new users and you can sign up for one right from the Android application. SugarSync can be downloaded directly from the Android Market as early as today.