LG Cloud Beta Launching May 1, Streams To "Three Screens"

Is there any stopping the cloud? Well, perhaps, if mobile data tiers continue to get smaller and smaller, making it harder and harder to actually log on and grab files from there while on the go. But negativity aside, LG is hoping to put its own stamp on the sector with the launch of the LG Cloud beta. It's a service that'll start up on May 1, "with the aim of providing seamless connectivity and streaming access to all digital content across various electronic devices." LG's saying that its version is different from the rest, enabling users to manage and consume content on three screens: Android smartphones, PCs and smart TVs (including but not limited to CINEMA 3D models) without a separate set-top box.

To use the service, users need to download the LG Cloud app from Google Play or LG SmartWorld app store from their Android smartphones, LG SmartWorld store from their LG Smart TVs or the LG Cloud website (www.lgecloud.com) from their PCs or laptops. LG's Cloud service automatically synchronizes smartphone content with the cloud server and the user's PC and TV. Photos and videos taken with the smartphone can be viewed and streamed to the PC or TV almost instantaneously. Videos edited on a PC can be uploaded to LG Cloud for viewing seconds later on a smartphone. One clever change here is that LG's Cloud service streams to the device first and then saves, instead of making the user wait for it to fully download to enjoy.

LG's obviously excited about the fact that it works well with 3D content, and much like rivals, it will be offered as both a free and paid service. Free storage space and pricing will differ market to market and will be announced separately as the service becomes available in that country. Too bad we have to wait, but at least it's en route. Now, how on Earth are they going to get people to switch from Dropbox / Google Drive / iCloud...