We’ve been talking about cloud computing for what seems like forever, but the talk definitely heated up in 2011 with the launch of Apple’s iCloud and the growing acceptance of Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Apps inside large companies. There are times, however, where you’d rather not trust your files with a third party, and Wyse is set to announce an Android app that lets you access everything on your Mac or PC’s hard drive without having to rely on someone else’s servers.
Wyse PocketCloud Explore is set to make its debut later on Thursday as an Android app and a companion software download for PCs and Macs. The app builds on Wyse’s existing PocketCloud app, which lets you browse your desktop, but takes things a step further by letting you search for a file across several computers, transfer files between computers, and edit files on remote computers from your Android smartphone.
And it does this all through peer-to-peer technology: at no point does the file pass through servers that Wyse controls, said Daniel Barreto, general manager of Wyse’s mobile business cloud unit. Instead, the software creates a direct connection between the phone and the computer. The Android app will cost $4.99 and an iPhone version is coming but has yet to be submitted to the App Store, Barreto said.
Wyse isn’t the first to come up with this idea: a startup called Polkast has been offering a similar app since October and already has an iOS version available. But two million people have downloaded the PocketCloud app and Wyse is already well-known among corporate customers for its work on thin-client computing, which the company thinks gives it an advantage over others in the market.