The Amazon Cloud Drive API provides a RESTful interface, and Android and iOS SDKs, for upload, download, manipulation, and organization of data in the cloud. You can use this API to integrate these services in your app and offer added flexibility to your users. Your app can provide direct access to their Cloud Drive storage and the content they keep there, as well as use it to preserve game settings, preferences, and other application state on their behalf. By doing this you can also add Unlimited Storage benefits to your app through Amazon Cloud Drive’s Unlimited Photos and Unlimited Everything storage plans.
Many app developers have already integrated support for Cloud Drive into their web, desktop and mobile products, including odrive. odrive helps Amazon Cloud Drive customers automatically sync folders on their desktop with their cloud storage account. We had a chance to sit down with Alex Teu, EVP for Partnerships, to discuss his company’s experience with supporting Amazon Cloud Drive in their product.
How do Amazon Cloud Drive customers benefit from your app?
Odrive syncs Amazon Cloud Drive with your desktop. All you do is link your Amazon account to create a sync folder, and odrive will automatically sync changes between the folder and your Amazon Cloud drive.
If you’re like me, you use multiple apps and have stuff everywhere but use Amazon Cloud Drive as my primary file repository. odrive helps me to drive all content to Amazon Cloud Drive, and work directly out of my desktop file system from one place.
Explain your Cloud Drive API integration
odrive’s integration with Amazon Cloud Drive gives users complete access and management over their Cloud Drive files. odrive is able to offer both a complete bi-directional desktop sync client and a fully featured web client through utilization of the Amazon Cloud Drive API.
How easy is it to get started with the Amazon Cloud Drive API in comparison to other cloud storage platforms?
Although it was a new API, it was straightforward and the documentation was surprisingly good. Support was very prompt and we felt well taken care of in that area, which really set them apart from others. Error reporting is tight and consistent, which allowed a much simpler, cleaner code than other platforms. A change API exists, which make syncing much cheaper than other integrations.
Did you find anything interesting when developing your app to support the Amazon Cloud Drive API?
We were impressed that the API was as complete as it was. We had concerns that it would be rough because it was brand new.
The Amazon team was genuinely interested in what we were doing and it was obvious that they took our feedback seriously. We were interfacing with folks who were higher-level decision makers and knew what was going on. That was extremely surprising and refreshing.
The API just “feels” fast.
Anything else you would like to share with us today?
Working with Amazon Cloud Drive brings up the intriguing question: What happens when cloud storage is unlimited? This will change how people use cloud storage. For example, people will start using it for storage, not just sharing a few family pics. This will lead to new use cases and work flows. This will lead to new products and solutions that are built in the cloud and take advantage of the native advantages of cloud storage. The potential integration possibilities of odrive and Amazon Cloud Drive are limitless.