We’re suddenly drowning in Samsung Galaxy S3 rumours. No sooner did we stumble across a video of the phone in action, has word escaped of Samsung’s secret weapon against the iPhone: S-Cloud. What’s the deal? Read on past the jump for the full details.
Samsung must know that if you want to compete these days, top-end hardware is only half the battle. It takes the right mix of key services to pique people’s interests, which is why, if a report from Korean site Maeil Business is to be believed, it’s teeing up a cloud service to rival iCloud.
S-Cloud is set to be unveiled at the Samsung Galaxy S3 event on May 3rd as part of a software ‘consolidation plan’, and it’s got Apple’s virtual storage system in its sights. The idea is incredibly similar – so similar, in fact, that we’d be surprised if it doesn’t end up with Sammie and Apple meeting again in court. Sign up for S-Cloud and Samsung will gift you access to ‘more than 5GB’ (exact amount unknown) of storage for your images, movies and music.
Like Apple, Samsung is reportedly working on providing a vestibule for those last two, to rival iTunes. In theory, your S-Cloud synced data will then be accessible from any compatible Samsung device.
The storage is being handled by Microsoft, who’s tied up with Samsung to provide a no-nonsense, reliable system. We don’t yet know if S-Cloud will be a paid service, or whether Samsung will dish it out for free, but if it’s done right it’ll certainly be a compelling reason for Apple fans to divert towards Android. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more as it breaks.