Microsoft is trying to create a cloud-based OS that integrates everything from Windows Phone to Windows 8 to Xbox One and beyond. OneDrive, formerly SkyDrive, is Microsoft’s first attempt to do just that and more. OneDrive for mobile allows a variety of users to connect to this cloud service and utilize the files it stores no matter where you go.
Let’s look at OneDrive for Android, in particular and see just whether it’s up to the task of giving Microsoft users a way to connect no matter what devices they use.
How OneDrive for Android Works
OneDrive for Android is available for versions 4.0 and up. If you used the SkyDrive app previously, and haven’t upgraded, yet, you’re living in the past.
OneDrive allows you to use Microsoft’s cloud to save and transfer documents wherever you are and no matter what devices you use. If you’re looking for a way to stay connected, OneDrive could be it. OneDrive can be used on a variety of platforms, online and offline, along with free storage offers that can give you everything the cloud platform has to offer without paying a penny.
OneDrive for Android includes:
- Sharing files and folders with anyone
- Download multiple files at once
- Integrated support for Office for mobile, including OneNote’s standalone app
- Search files quickly for what you’re looking
- Create, edit, and work with files from OneDrive
There is no multi-login support for OneDrive on Android, or any other platform, so if you use multiple accounts to juggle for personal and business use, you’ll have to sign in and out to use files.
How to Use OneDrive for Android
In order to use OneDrive for any platform, you’ll need a free Microsoft account. Having an account gives you free storage, which is a plus for anyone looking for a quick and easy way to use the cloud.
Depending on your security settings, you may need to authenticate the login.
Once synced, you’ll have access to files and folders in OneDrive, allowing you to share, download and work with anything in it.
You can see how much storage you have left through the settings, too.
OneDrive works similar to Google Drive on Android, which will make it a familiar leap for users.
What’s Wrong with OneDrive for Android?
Like most Microsoft products, OneDrive for Android seems rushed. While it promises you the ability to quickly open and edit files, this just isn’t always the case. The app often hangs, crashes, and forces you to restart your phone far too often to be a viable long-term option on a mobile device.
At the moment, you can’t do anything to synchronize offline folders to your mobile device. For some, this is a key feature, especially if you’re using a tablet for work full-time.
Another common issue is that if you use the Camera Roll feature, you frequently have to re-upload your pictures after OneDrive updates. Microsoft has yet to address this issue, so there’s no telling when a fix will be implemented or if one will be at all.
OneDrive for Android is a step in the right direction for Microsoft’s cloud. However, without more features and offline synchronizing added to the app, it still doesn’t live up to par for those who work on the go.
If Microsoft truly wants to invest in the cloud, then they have to begin rolling out the updates and fixes that matter the most to everyday users. OneDrive for Android still seems to be under Steve Ballmer’s control, if that’s even possible, and if that’s the case, who knows where it’ll go.