ZumoDrive Arrives on Android, WebOS Devices

When I consider cloud services, one of the first things I look for is cross-platform support. That used to mean support for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. These days however, I also consider what mobile platforms work with the service. ZumoDrive just added appeal with news of both Android and webOS clients to complement its existing iPhone app. I’ve been using the software for the past few days on my Google Nexus One and it’s a must have for any ZumoDrive customers with a supported device.

Since ZumoDrive can sync any local computer file with the cloud, the new Android (s goog) and webOS (s palm) titles offer full access to files and folders stored online in a ZumoDrive account. It’s an easy way to get important files with just a phone. And that includes media files too — with the new ZumoDrive software, you can view your photos stored online or stream digital media like audio or video. The audio streaming is one of the features that first drew me to ZumoDrive — in the past, I used the iPhone client to stream music files that didn’t fit on my iPhone. It worked great back then and the Android experience is no different. Using the music player in the ZumoDrive client, I’ve been streaming tunes again. And since both Android and webOS allow third-party apps to run in the background, I enjoyed the streaming audio while multitasking.

One minor downside I came across is in playlist support. ZumoDrive does work with music playlists that you’ve created elsewhere, like iTunes (s aapl), for example. But you can’t pick and choose these playlists for import — it’s currently an all-or-none situation with the playlists and iTunes libraries. On the plus side, ZumoDrive doesn’t require any changes to your local file structures. Using the ZumoDrive Console software, I can tell the service which folders to scan for changes — I don’t have to move them or store files in a special place. And once I tell ZumoDrive which folders to monitor, they simply appear on my phone. I linked the iPhoto library on my MacBook, for example, and shortly after doing so, I had mobile access to my photos, making it easy for viewing. I also linked my DoubleTwist folder since that’s what I use for music management. In the future, I’d love to see the ability to share or email these photos from my handset, but for now, just being able to get at them remotely is great. I was able to share a text file from the Documents folder, but can’t share pics at the moment.

I find the app very useful on my Android device and since the functionality is generally the same, I’d expect it be handy on a webOS device. In fact, I’ve missed the ZumoDrive app since I got rid of my iPhone a few weeks ago. The mobile software is free and if you already have a ZumoDrive account, it’s a no-brainer to download the new Android or webOS clients. If you’re not using ZumoDrive, but want to try a new cloud storage and synchronization solution, I recommend the look. A free gigabyte of storage is yours for the taking and the company reduced the monthly pricing for higher capacities about a year ago. It’s a good service made even better with the new mobile clients.

Related research on GigaOM Pro (sub req’d):