ownCloud Releases Mobile Apps for Andoid, iOS
If one of the major selling points of the cloud is that it makes data available from anywhere at anytime, it’s only natural for users to expect to be able to access it from mobile devices as well as traditional PCs. For users of ownCloud, the open source data-sharing platform, that’s now easier than ever thanks to the release of ownCloud apps for Android and iOS. Here’s the scoop and what it means for the open source channel.
The apps, which run on Android devices, iPhones and iPads, allow users to interact fully with data stored in an ownCloud-based infrastructure. Besides browsing and downloading files, they can also upload, delete and modify data. Here’s a look at the software in action:
Open Source Integration
The most obvious result of this latest ownCloud development is that it will better position the data-sharing platform to compete with proprietary alternatives such as Dropbox. ownCloud is now more convenient to use than ever, even if you’re not in front of a PC.
Meanwhile, this development also has more subtle implications for the open source channel from a broader perspective. In particular, it’s an example of an open source vendor expanding and solidifying its presence on hardware platforms that, at least for now, remain the near-exclusive domain of closed-source software.
ownCloud’s apps for mobile devices aren’t actually open source themselves, of course. But the core ownCloud software is, and ownCloud as a company is deeply invested in the open source channel, where it has cultivated an array of partners. By making itself more attractive to users who depend extensively on Android and iOS devices, ownCloud is helping to expand the influence of open source software within a niche that traditionally has been quite closed.
And that’s good news for all parties with an interest in the open source channel, for which keeping up with evolving hardware devices — especially those that traditionally have not been very friendly to open source vendors — will now be a little easier.