Category Archives: Android

Bitcasa: Coming to a TV near you!

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With the world becoming increasingly connected, it only makes sense that you should be able to see what you want, where you want, on what device/screen you want.

At Bitcasa, we’re committed to making all your content-viewing dreams come true… one device at a time. Today, we’re excited to share that our latest Android update will include our first step towards full Chromecast support. We are enabling cast for videos and music in addition to providing a few core controls: pause, play and volume adjustment.

What does that really mean? It means you can now stream any of the content stored in your Bitcasa account, to your TV via Chromecast. Want to broadcast your son or daughter’s embarrassing baby pictures during her birthday party? Done! Want to reminisce over that time you sang “Baby Got Back” at a karaoke bar? Done!

When it comes to sharing and viewing content with your friends and family, mobile and PC just don’t cut the mustard. Now you can sit back, relax, bring out the popcorn and view your content the way it should be viewed, reliving your best-captured moments on TV! Because your cat deserves to be admired in HD!

As you try out the first iteration of Bitcasa’s Chromecast support, we’d love to hear from you so that we can integrate your feedback into our plans for a more immersive casting experience.

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Ch-ch-changes! Android App Gets an Update

Android users, it’s time to update your Bitcasa app! We’ve just released a new and improved version of the Bitcasa mobile app which means better usability and increased performance for you!

These changes make organizing, browsing, sharing and enjoying your digital files a breeze, while getting access to the same infinite and secure storage you love.

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So what’s new? With the new Android app users will enjoy:

  • Added “Export” ability so you can download files anywhere on your device

  • Option to sort files alphabetically and chronologically

  • Ability to swipe left to right through photos in “My Drive,” “Recents” and “Favorites” view

  • Ability to hit next/previous while listening to music in “My Drive,” “Recents” and “Favorites” view

  • Multi-select capabilities for  Android V3.0+

  • The ability to create a new folder in “My Drive” view to organize files

  • Play entire albums if a single track is selected from music album view

  • Improved search, stability and performance and more!

An enhanced mobile experience is just moments away. Download Bitcasa’s Mobile App for Android (Version 2.1.0) from the Google Play Store or click “Update” in the app store, and let us know what you think.

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Ready, Set, Go! Bitcasa Takes on the World

Hard drives, sync solutions and others, beware! Today we’re launching a new version of Bitcasa that will transform the mobile experience and extend our global reach. From performance enhancements to international support, these updates set a new standard for storing, accessing and sharing your content. It will undoubtedly lead to the demise of hard drives worldwide and bring us one step closer to storing the world’s data—are you ready?

Hablas español?

Is English not your first language? Don’t worry because Bitcasa is your new multilingual friend! From your browser to your app, Bitcasa now fluently speaks 11 languages including English-US, English-UK, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Japanese and Korean. Bitcasa automatically sets your language based on your computer or phone. Voilà!

Mobile Makeover

Not only is Bitcasa’s new iOS and Android mobile experience beautiful and sleek, it’s also secure and intuitive. With a sidebar menu and smart search option visible on every page, navigation is a breeze.  Sort files by name and date to quickly find that new song you’ve just uploaded or old video you want to watch. Have a new picture you want to share? All of your recently added and viewed files are bookmarked right on the home screen! The new mobile app also makes life easier with the option to make payments directly from your device.

New Android Homescreen

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New iOS Homescreen

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The ONLY cloud storage that is truly private

Hesitant about prying eyes viewing your files? Well, we’re beefing up your mobile security. In addition to our existing client-side encryption that makes it cryptographically impossible for anyone else to see your stuff, you can now also set a Passcode Lock on our mobile apps so you never have to worry about unwelcomed eyes accessing your files on your phone and tablet.

Time to Get Organized

Drag and drop. How much simpler can it get? With the new browser file management, you can upload files by dragging any file directly into your browser. You can also create, rename and share your files and folders directly at my.bitcasa.com. Now if only organizing your house was that easy! Don’t forget, you can stream your music and videos from the web without any wait time or making space to download files.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the new desktop version of Bitcasa today at https://www.bitcasa.com/download or download our Bitcasa app at Google Play or Apple store.  We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Also, in celebration of our official entry into Europe, Bitcasa will be offering a special 20-percent discount of £55/€60 for a year of Infinite Storage to our new international users. This special introductory price will be available through August 31, 2013 when international users enter the promotional code: UKEU20. Just sign up here.

Never run out of space again!

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Latest Android Updates – Backup, Access & Share Your Files from Any Device

Today, we’re rolling out a makeover to our Android app with new some great new features and performance updates, all based on what we heard from you.

A shiny new face

We’ve added a more intuitive home screen design with easier navigation.

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Don’t use the home screen? Now you have the option to bypass it and go straight to “My Drive” every time! Make this simple change in Settings.

Even easier to find and share

Photo albums are now sorted by date (recent – oldest), so you can instantly find your recently uploaded snaps. We have also made our share links shorter for easy sending via SMS, email, and more!

Don’t like your latest pics?  You now have the ability to easily delete files within sub-category views (“Photos”, “Videos”, “Documents”, etc.).

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Easier access to your Favorite stuff

Enjoy easier access to any files you need offline from any device you have. Our popular “Favorite” feature has been added to the quick action menu in “My Drive” view along with better “star” icons to indicate Favorites in both list and tile view. It gets better, “Favorited” items now show up while downloading, with progress bars!

And one of the updates we’re most excited about is that you can “Favorite” your ENTIRE music and photo albums, for quick access to folders while you’re offline whether you’re on the bus, travelling or in a Wi-Fi free zone.

Visibility into uploads

We have added an “Upload Manager” page to view and track in-progress uploads, cancel uploads, view completed uploads, and resume failed uploads, so you can rest assured that you have successfully “Bitcasa’d it.” This upload feedback can also be seen within “My Drive” view when uploading.

Check out the updates and let us know what you think! iOS users, stay tuned – we’ll be rolling out updates to the iOS platform next.

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A Fresh New Web Experience at my.bitcasa.com

Over the last few months our developers have been heads down working on creating a more intuitive and higher performing Web experience. Many of these changes were the direct result of what we heard from you and the stuff you care about.

For those of you that haven’t used our Web access you should check it out. Go to my.bitcasa.com from any browser (you don’t need to install Bitcasa first) and use it as a fast & easy way to stream your music, videos and photo albums anywhere you might be. The Web interface not only gives you access to all your content, but it also plays videos natively in your browser.

A Better Web Experience

Here are some of the latest editions to the new Bitcasa Web experience at my.bitcasa.com:

1. A Crisp New Look

We are now optimized for mobile phones and tablets, creating a really great experience for anytime, anywhere instant access to all your digital goods (music, videos, photos, etc.).

We have also made lots of other changes under the hood to make sure you have thright tools at your fingertips when you’re on the go.

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 2. Photo and Document Preview

Now when you click on a Bitcasa Send Link, you can instantly see a preview of your photos or document right there on the web page. No need to download them to view!

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3. Shorter Send Links
We have taken a hint from the folks at Bitly and shortened our sharing links so they’re easier to include in your emails, Facebook posts, and tweets.

4. My Drive is the new Folders

We have renamed the “Folders” view to “My Drive” to better reflect all the content you have on Bitcasa. Click it to see what’s on your Infinite Drive. We will be doing this across all our applications for a more seamless experience.

5. A Better Photo Viewing Experience

We know that album art from your music collection can clutter your Photos view. We now filter for any small photos under 50kb in size to be excluded from the “Photos” section.

If you have questions about how my.bitcasa.com works, please check out this post which highlights some commonly asked questions and gives advice on how to get started.

An improved Web experience is one of the many things we are working on and you’ll be the first to know as soon as we have any new updates.

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New Features for Windows and Android

At Bitcasa, we’re constantly working to build the world’s best storage solution. We’ve made a few changes, and hope you enjoy them!

We just released updates to our Mac Desktop and iOS App, featuring significantly improved performance and fixed a few quirks. Downloads and uploads are now much faster!

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Windows XP is fully supported with this latest update. You also have greater control over how folders are mirrored.

Android App
You can upload any file on your phone to any Bitcasa folder and upload multiple files at once via the “Share” with Bitcasa menu. The folders view also supports file deletion and a few tweaks to improve battery consumption.

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More changes are coming soon so keep an eye out! As always, if you have any questions or issues head over to Support, and we’d be happy to help. Thanks!

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The Bitcasa Android App

We launched our Android App a few weeks ago, and have been thrilled with the adoption and positive feedback since launch. The Bitcasa Android App delivers a great experience for viewing and accessing all your content stored on Bitcasa while on the go. Get it here!

Instead of simply building a file viewer, we decided that the ability to actually play entire music albums or songs by a a given artist was important; same with viewing your photo albums and photos. We automatically group together your major media categories: music, photos, documents, and videos for easy viewing:

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Music Album

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Navigating to your “Folders” view allows you to view the contents of your Bitcasa Infinite Drive:

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In addition, you can “Favorite” your most commonly accessed files to keep a copy local on your phone. This way, you can access your stuff when you’re away from a network, like on an airplane, and play your files with other media players:

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The app also lets you automatically upload pictures and videos straight to your Bitcasa account.

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We put in some protections for your data plan into the Settings menu (Only Upload / Download of WiFi) but these can be turned off if you would like to upload or download over cellular network.

So what’s next? Well, we’re just getting started. We’re listening to your feedback and are working on the following as you read this:

  • Multi-file uploads through the “Share” menu
  • Uploading from within the app
  • Delete of files / folders
  • Improved video and music players to support more formats and file types
  • Continuing to improve and speed up the performance

Got other ideas? Leave them in the comments, or submit a feature request on our support site.

Not an Android user? iOS App is coming this month. We understand your frustrations, and are trying to release as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.

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