WD Enables Android Phone Users to Remotely Access Entire Photo Library
Nov. 2, 2010
Western Digital announced that its WD Photos photo viewer app now enables Android smartphone users to view all the photos stored on their WD home network drive anywhere there’s an Internet connection available. The WD Photos app also is available for iPad, iPhone, iPhone4 and iPod touch mobile digital devices, and is now available at the Android Market as a free download.
Designed for the Android platform, the WD Photos app is compatible with the most popular Android OS-based smartphones, in native resolution, including, but not limited to, the Droid by Motorola, DROID INCREDIBLE by HTC, Nexus One, and HTC EVO 4G. Once users have copied their pictures into the Shared Pictures folder on their WD network drive, the WD Photos app provides users access to their photo library while connected to their home network or from anywhere they can access the Internet using compatible mobile devices. Users’ photos remain private, safe and secure on their network drive, eliminating the need for time-consuming uploads to costly online photo services and the need to choose which pictures to sync to their Android smartphone. On their Android device, consumers can search for their specific photos by name or the date the photo was taken and scroll through thumbnail previews while sharing all of their memories with friends and family.
Android phones have captured 34 percent of the fast-growing U.S. smartphone market, and shipments increased 886 percent in the second calendar quarter of 2010, year-over-year, making it the largest smartphone platform in the U.S., according to Canalys, a leading global provider of smartphone market data and analysis.
“Android phones are enjoying a huge success in the market,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD’s branded products group. “By customizing the WD Photos app for Android phones, we provide a greater number of our users a better experience for viewing and sharing the precious photos safely stored at home on their WD home network drives.”
WD Photos offers a variety of features, including:
- You need a Western Digital My Book Live home network drive, My Book World Edition home network drive, My Book World Edition II dual-drive network storage, or WD ShareSpace network storage system.
- You must register with WD’s MioNet secure remote access service which is included free with all our network drives.
- Your Android device must have OS 2.1 or higher. Your iPhone or iPod touch must have OS 3.1 or later.
The WD Photos photo viewer app is compatible with Android OS 2.1 or later and works with WD’s My Book Live and My Book World Edition network drives and WD ShareSpace network storage systems. Users must register with WD’s free remote access service to use the app. For detailed information, visit the WD Photos photo viewer page.