ONLINE RETAILER Amazon has launched its Cloud Drive Photos service for Android users, offering 5GB of free storage.
Amazon's digital locker service has been available through the firm's own app store, but now the firm has uploaded an app to Google Play, opening the service to a wider audience. The firm said its Cloud Drive Photos app can use 5GB on the firm's Amazon Cloud service.
According to Amazon, its Cloud Drive Photos application will not only allow users to upload photographs to a central location but share them through other apps such as Facebook. The firm also said its software will display them in a view that is optimised for the Android device.
Russell Dicker, Amazon director of Cloud Drive said, "Customers rely on their mobile devices more and more to capture the memories that matter to them. They are taking photos at birthday parties, soccer games, and kids' recitals every day on their Android phones and tablets. The Cloud Drive Photos for Android app makes it simple to save these memories into Cloud Drive and have them automatically available on your Kindle Fire or Android phone or tablet."
Amazon said users wanting more space on their accounts can rent 20GB for $10 a year. The service could be tempting for those who already have a Kindle tablet in order to synchronise photographs between their Android smartphone and Amazon's cut-price locked-down ereader tablet. µ