LG on Monday unveiled a beta version of LG Cloud, a new service that will let users access their files online from any LG phone, tablet, or Internet-connected TV.
The service, currently available in the U.S. and Korea, will offer 5GB of free storage per person. Those with an LG Smart TV or LG smartphone will get 50GB of free storage for six months.
LG Cloud is accessible via the LG Cloud app, which can be downloaded from Google Play, LG SmartWorld, or lgecloud.com. it will automatically sync content across devices – photos and videos taken on smartphones can be viewed on the PC or TV, for example, even 3D content.
Users are limited to 2GB per upload.
LG insisted that LG Cloud provides very little lag time because content is streamed, not downloaded first.
“The difference is in LG’s Real-time Streaming Transcoding technology. The conversion happens on the server in realtime, not on the device,” LG said in a statement. “There is no need to worry about installing codecs or converters, everything happens seamlessly and in the background with no involvement from the user.”
LG said it will offer paid and free components of LG Cloud. Storage and pricing options will be announced as they are released around the globe.
LG created a new division to handle its new cloud offering, dubbed Smart Business Center, which will be led by Havis Kwon, also president and CEO of LG’s home entertainment company.
“Tomorrow’s consumers don’t want to go to one cloud for music, another cloud for video, another location for photos and yet another cloud for their office files. in the end, our solution is about making life more convenient,” Kwon said.
LG Cloud will work on Android phones running Android 2.2 and higher, though Android 2.3 is recommended, PCs running Windows XP and Windows 7 32-bit, and LG Smart TVs with Netcast 2.0 and higher (3.0 recommended). more details are available on lgecloud.com.
LG Cloud comes several months after Acer unveiled a similar service, dubbed AcerCloud, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Samsung, meanwhile, is also rumored to be prepping its own cloud service, dubbed S-Cloud. Apple, of course, also has its iCloud service, which debuted in October.
Google recently unveiled its cloud-based Drive service. for more, see PCMag’s hands on.
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