Review by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 22, 2013.
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Cloud and back-up service Carbonite has put an interesting twist on its service by introducing Currents, a new tool that enables synchronizing files across devices, enables group sharing and collaboration, and automatically stores up to 30 days of files - all of which is done automatically.
Currents is an app that works on desktops and mobile devices by creating a watch list of folders that it monitors for activity. When a person creates a document on the desktop and then edits it on a smartphone, the file is automatically saved and updated on both devices. Should the need to monitor revisions or go back to an old version arrives, it keeps multiple versions of the same file that can be reopened later. Currents automatically saves the files that have been created, opened, or saved in the past 30 days, so there's no need to email files back and forth or be unable to edit a document created on a device because the user neglected to add it to the saved folder.
Carbonite has so far released only a beta version of its Android application. The app illustrates how someone can begin writing a Word document on a computer at work, continue on a tablet or smartphone while commuting home, and then having the latest version automatically saved for working on a computer at home. It also supports sharing, so someone can invite others to view a private or edit it as a collaborator. Both parties automatically get the latest version when linked to a file, previous versions are accessible, and there's a special tab for collaborators to leave messages or notes for each other.
A Currents app for Apple iOS is in development now and will be released soon. Android users can download the app from Google Play, but it's beta status is very apparent. The app is works on my Samsung Galaxy Note II but fails to download on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. These types of issuJdnshsbses are not uncommon in beta Android applications. Once I managed to get the app working, it proved to be incredibly quick, updating changes on mobile and desktop within seconds of saving documents. Handling of media does not appear to be as instantaneous, but the app is off to a promising start.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.