The cloud is ubiquitous. But it can also be a bit messy, especially for those who enjoy taking advantage of the free cloud space to be had through certain introductory packages offered by the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. Juggle a handful of free cloud sites and it’s possible to rack up a respectable amount of space without spending a dime.
But one of the big drawbacks to taking this scattershot approach is the inability to access uploaded files from one central location, and being forced to sign in through a separate portal for various items. This is the inconvenience factor that cloudGOO addresses, and effectively so, making it one of the best Android apps.
cloudGOO aggregates all of a user’s cloud drives onto one interface on a mobile device, eliminating the need to remember exactly where that critical Excel report or favorite MP3 file is stored. It offers a broad array of cloud storage support, including Google Drive, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, SugarSync, and Amazon. Smartly, cloudGOO keeps a running tab of the total amount of storage used against the total available cloud space, as well as breaking that information out individually by specific service.
The app also lets users upload files straight from their phone specific cloud destinations either manually or automatically. Additionally, there’s the option to let cloudGOO decide where to upload the files on its own, a choice that’s presumably made based on the size of the file and how much space is left in any of the given cloud accounts.
The app interface is intuitive and incredibly easy to use, separating all available files into four categories: photos, music, videos, and documents. Tapping any of the four choices displays a list of files drawn from all of the linked cloud accounts. Music and documents can be arranged by name, date, or type. Photos and videos can be arranged by list view, thumbnail view, or timeline view (which breaks down files by the month and year in which they were uploaded). Accessing a file is as easy as tapping on it, after which cloudGOO downloads it to the device and prompts the user to choose which program to open the file.
While the app is still young, there are a few things left to be desired, especially in regards to organization. The convenience factor of being able to access many cloud drives from one interface is great, but cloudGOO lacks subfolders that would make it much easier to organize content.
If users know exactly what they’re looking for, but don’t know where it’s stored, the search box function also works well to call files for local downloading. But those who don’t know what they’re looking for, the only choice is to scroll through the list of files in the hopes that something will ring a bell.
cloudGOO is currently available in the Google Play Store for Android smartphones running Android 2.2 and above. As of this writing, it’s $0.99.
cloudGOO is a slightly flawed yet remarkably convenient app that’s worth every one of those spare pennies.