Mega, the Kim Dotcom file-sharing startup which so far has managed to pass all responsibility of ‘hosting illegal content’ onto its users, has taken another step forward in its notability, with the launch of an official Android app version.
The cloud storage platform, founded off the back of Megaupload a year after its police-enforced demise (which New Zealand-based German entrepreneur Dotcom is still under house arrest for), will now have a slightly greater sense of credibility surrounding it, after the first-ever Mega mobile app was launched in the Google Play store this week.
Surprisingly, however, the app is not a new creation, having been remodelled after the takeover of an ‘unofficial third-party client’, although it is noted that the previous service differed little to what Mega are now offering, which is the ability to ‘browse, upload and download’ files that have been cloud-stored via Android devices, along with options to create ‘automatic uploads’ for newly-recorded videos and photos from the device to an accounts.
Visually, the free app implements a ‘new design’ that fits in with the Mega brand, and connects to all the main features that the Mega website provides, such as searching, public linking, and file management.
The Google Play listing for Mega describes: “MEGA is a secure cloud storage service that gives you 50GB of secure storage for free. Everything you upload to MEGA is completely encrypted, and the keys stay with you. You can find out more details, or sign up for an account from MEGA at https://mega.co.nz/. The MEGA App for Android is a native Android interface to the MEGA service. It allows you to browse your files, upload and download, search and more.”
Since launching the Android app, Mega has confirmed that an iOS version, along with a ‘Windows sync client’ will be on their way, but currently in the final stages of development. For the time being, though, Dotcom and his fellow Mega creators can bask in the knowledge that they have not yet been shut down by authorities, so there is no problem, unless someone is biding their time on the matter…