Android users will be happy to hear that Mozy has a released their Android app as of last week. In my recent post about the new iPhone/iPad App for Mozy, I mentioned about the promised Mozy Android App coming “soon”. I don’t think anyone was expecting it to be available so soon, but the app is out of beta and looking great.
Just like Mozy’s iOS app, their Android app is free and has basically the same exact functionality–you’ll be able to access all of your backed up files with this app. However this app is not a way to backup your Android device, only a way to view the files and data that you’ve already backed up with Mozy’s desktop or laptop client. So essentially this app is great to access your saved images/music/documents. You can even share your files or download them to your phone. When you fire up the app, you can see your files and folders in the same hierarchical view as they were backed up in from your desktop or laptop.
The app is available via the Android Market or you can scan the QR code below from your Android device to go right to the page.
To use the App, you’ll need a Mozy account, if you don’t already have one. Once you have a Mozy account, you can download their free client for either Windows or Mac to back up your desktop or laptop. Currently the Android and iOS mobile apps only work with MozyHome, although they supposedly will be rolling out compatibility for MozyPro in the future.
At the time of this writing, it looks like the Android app is well received in the Android Market (rated 5 stars out of 17 ratings). The current version is 1.5629.1. You will need a device running Android 2.1 or greater for it to be compatible, but if your hardware was purchased in the last year or so, this shouldn’t be an issue.
This should also work for other devices, besides Android phones, like the Motorola Xoom, and T-Mobile’s G-slate. Since Android uses Linux at the core, it’s not hard to think that Mozy will be available for Linux desktops and laptops in the not-so-distant future. No word yet on a Mozy app for Windows Phone 7, I imagine that there’s just not enough users of Microsoft’s mobile platform for Mozy to invest in at the moment.
I don’t have an Android device currently (just iPhone, sorry) so if you have a compatible tablet or phone, and have used the Mozy Android App, please let me know your thoughts in the comments!