Seagate today unveiled a new Android app that provides a seamless wireless connection to 500GB of storage for streaming up to 300 HD videos from the company's GoFlex range of external storage devices. Previously, the functionality was available on Android tablets and phones by using the device's browser, but now the experience is enhanced through the seamless connectivity and added features of the GoFlex Media App for Android.
Three months ago, Seagate introduced the GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage line of products, available worldwide for $200. It's the first battery-powered HDD to wirelessly connect to any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including Android and iOS devices. GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage is capable of providing hours of entertainment for up to three connections. The lithium polymer battery has a stand-by battery life of up to 25 hours and delivers up to five hours of continuously streaming video.
The free GoFlex Media App – available on the Android Market and iTunes – wirelessly connects to the GoFlex Satellite drive. To help with extending battery life, the free GoFlex Media App for Android provides a progressive download feature, which temporarily loads the video on the device, allowing the drive to go into stand-by mode. The GoFlex Media App for Android has the following features:
- Access your media library stored on the GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage device wherever you are – no Internet or wires required.
- Stream HD videos and begin playback in an instant.
- Enjoy music and video collections, photo albums, and even review documents.
- Automatically organizes all your digital media into videos, photos, music, and document folders.
"Seagate's line of GoFlex external storage has always been about enabling flexibility and part of this flexibility is being OS agnostic," Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager for Seagate retail product group, said in a statement. "Seagate GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage continues with this theme of flexibility by providing added storage to mobile devices where there may not be a physical port to connect a cable. An Android supported app had been part of our development plans for the product from the very start. We are now pleased to offer the new GoFlex Media App from the Android Market."