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CloudMagic

So many accounts in so many places, and CloudMagic can help you search through every single one of them.

As much as we'd prefer to have all of our data, documents, conversations and contacts in a single service that makes it easy to find what you need, that just isn't going to happen. As new services come along, we all seem to follow a bit of a "junk drawer" mentality of just tossing accounts onto our phones that don't talk to each other.

CloudMagic is hoping to remedy this issue somewhat by linking every account to one app, and making the contents of each universally searchable. Hang along with us after the break and see how it pans out.

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Across services like Box, Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, SkyDrive, Evernote and others it just gets difficult to know where that one thing is. If you're willing to grant CloudMagic access to these accounts, it creates a centralized place to search across each account and find what you need. As you can see in the screenshot above (the list scrolls down even farther), it pretty much covers any modern service that you would have. It's not just cloud "storage" though, but also things like Evernote, Google Docs, Gmail and Facebook. As long as it has your content, this can search it.

After connecting accounts and performing a few searches, it's easy to see why CloudMagic can be useful. A simple search for "Android" reveals Gmail threads including the word, Google Contacts who have Android Central email addresses and pictures in Dropbox in an Android folder. The results are grouped by type, and give a preview of the information in the results. Once you find a piece of information you want to see more about -- no matter the source -- you can tap it and be taken to a full view. The integrated viewer will show threaded emails properly as well as things like Google Docs fully formatted.

Email gets special actions at the bottom to reply, reply all and forward -- touching any of which bring you to the Gmail app to perform. Other things like Google Docs get a simple "open" button, where you can be taken to either a browser or the Docs app if you have it installed. It's not perfect, but data is displayed and moved around between apps a whole lot smoother than you would expect considering the number of sources CloudMagic has to handle.

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Adding accounts is a pretty painless affair, as each loads an in-app web browser (as many Twitter clients do) to let you sign in and grant access. CloudMagic is taking advantage of the different account's API access, which means a couple of things. When adding an account, you're clearly shown what information the app will be able to see -- in this case basically everything. It also means that you can easily revoke CloudMagic's access to each of the accounts from their respective settings if you no longer use the service. Now the idea of this app having access to these accounts doesn't freak us out too much, but it should be noted that in order for the service to work it really needs broad access to each account.

The app looks and performs extremely well, so you won't be completely surprised when we say there is a monthly subscription cost associated with CloudMagic. It is free to download and set up, and you can use it for free as well provided you don't "preview" more than 50 docs, emails, contacts, etc. per month. (A preview means that you tapped into an item and performed an action on it.) But if you want to keep using it, the service is actually a little steep for our tastes at $4.99 per month for unlimited use. That's not to say that it isn't useful -- it certainly is -- but for $4.99 per month you might have to consider just doing the extra work and opening a few separate apps to find what you need.

 

Reader comments

CloudMagic: All of your accounts in one place

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Very cool idea, but not for $5 per month. If they want this service to grow then they should offer an ad-based version for free, another version for $10 per year that support 10 accounts and the unlimited version for $60 per year.

You want to know why I will NEVER use Prima desk? You're a SPAMMER.

Hey everyone, this guy is a big SPAMMER! /Family Guy reference

You created your account 2-3 hours ago, along with that other fake one who said he liked it about an hour and a half ago. I would NEVER trust you with any of my data if you do this.

And yes, I did spam all of your spam with this exact reply so others wouldn't have to research as I did.

Edit: Yes, I said your name in my comments, but with the space there, you won't get any Google Rank bumps from it.

Whoa, $5/mo? that is a bit steep. I think the concept is cool, but I'll have to sit that one out....

Try Primadesk. It is free up to 10 services and unlimited services for $5 a month. We also offer 25% discount often.

WIth Primadesk you can manage all your photos, documents and emails in one place.

You want to know why I will NEVER use Prima desk? You're a SPAMMER.

Hey everyone, this guy is a big SPAMMER! /Family Guy reference

You created your account 2-3 hours ago, along with that other fake one who said he liked it about an hour and a half ago. I would NEVER trust you with any of my data if you do this.

And yes, I did spam all of your spam with this exact reply so others wouldn't have to research as I did.

Services like this scare me to even try for free, in fear ill love it and be on the hook for 5 dollars a month for something I never even knew I wanted.

Andrew,

Thanks a bunch for covering this area. I think you would also like Primadesk. With Primadesk you can also copy content from one service to another easily right from your Android device. You can also share files from any of these services with anyone you would like. The recipient need not have account on these services.

We cover 30+ services including generic IMAP, POP, FTP and WEBDAV services so you can add any service that supports these generic protocols.

Primadesk team.

I understand people need a simple way to get to all of their information, but the paranoia of having a single source accessing all my accounts, just keeps me from using services like these.

I'm now announcing my new service which is called Scamadesk! It does all the same things as Prima desk but it's free, and we promise only a little bit of your personal data will be harvested for our own nefarious purposes.

Thanks, but I prefer to manage my accounts one by one. IMHO, people are getting too much LAZY these days...

It's far too easy to getting something on Play. I'm not going to trust my private information to any company like this.

...or just use XPlore from Play. Beside being the best Android file (root) manager (in my opinion better than root explorer or the likes), it also lets you setup and manage Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync, WebDav, DumpTruck and another Russian web server, PLUS it allows setting up under the same roof, LAN and FTP accounts. Moreover, as a potent file manager, it manages your cloud files in a much better way than most dedicated apps can do, while also alleviating any legitimate security concerns related to using 3rd party aggregators (like the one herein proposed).