- Whether or not photo cloud services were intended/promoted as backup and archiving solutions, consumers tend to think they were. Your phone was stolen, your house was destroyed, you accidentally deleted your photo folder? No worries, the thinking goes, your photos are safely in the cloud or synced to your various other devices. Are they, really? If so, at what resolution? Are all photos secured this way or just a subset of the most recent ones? Most consumers would be surprised and confused to learn that “anywhere access” photo cloud services don’t, in fact, meet all their backup or archiving needs.
- To add to the confusion, pure syncing, aggregation, or “linking to the source” solutions are rarely provided. Instead, we see hybrid solutions, for instance, solutions that sync photos only at a lower resolution to the phone, or aggregation solutions that also cache recent photos on the phone to provide fast, as well as offline, access.
- Adobe: In the creative process, anytime, anywhere access to photos is a must. Hear Adobe’s take on addressing these challenges in its Creative Cloud solutions.
- Beamr: File size matters, not only for storage but also for up- or downloading photos or videos. Hear from Beamr how they enable consumers and cloud service providers to optimize media files.
- EyeEm: Hear how this Berlin-based startup uses machine learning to identify which photos have the highest aesthetic value and deserve high visibility on their photo sharing site.
- Google: Hear how Google deploys its image recognition and other curation technologies to aggregate the best photos for its own properties, including Google Maps, Google Trips, Google Flights, Zagat, Google Local Guides, and many others.
- Kwilt: Hear how and why this cloud photo management startup is coming out with Kwilt Shoebox, a $49 Wi-Fi appliance that connects to any USB storage device, allowing consumers to seamlessly offload their smartphone photos and videos at home or wherever they have a storage device.
- SanDisk: Making photos portable through photo-optimized iXpand flash drives is the SanDisk solution many of us know. A more recent product is the iXpand Base, a charging station for the iPhone that also serves to keep your photos and data safely backed up.
- Upthere: Photos are not an island in a consumer’s anytime, anywhere access needs. How about Word files, PDFs, spreadsheets, you name it? Still, photos require their own intuitive UI and tools in order to be browsed, displayed and curated. Hear how Upthere strikes that delicate balance.
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Author: Hans Hartman
Hans Hartman is president of Suite 48 Analytics, the leading research and analysis firm for the mobile photography market and organizer of Mobile Photo Connect, a yearly industry conference about mobile photography.