Western Digital launches 'WD Photos' streaming app

Western Digital, one of the largest hard drive manufactures, has announced the release of its "WD Photos" app for the Android Market. The app, which has been on the iPhone for some time, allows users of WD's "home network" drives to access photos stored on those drives directly from within the app as long as your phone has a connection to the Internet. The app itself requires Android 2.1 or later, but we are sure that won't be a problem for the majority of our readers. This should a a great feature for users who love having their entire photo library at their fingertips, but this app would really be amazing for devices like the Galaxy Tab. Check out the full press release after the break along with usual application links. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:WD® GIVES ANDROID™ PHONE USERS REMOTE ACCESS TOTHEIR ENTIRE PHOTO LIBRARYWD Photos™ Photo Viewer App Enables Access of up to 285,000 PhotosStored on WD Network DrivesLAKE FOREST, Calif. – Nov. 2, 2010 – Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today announced that its WD Photos™ photo viewer app now enables Android™ smartphone users to view all the photos stored on their WD home network drive, including My Book® Live™, My Book® World Edition™ and WD ShareSpace™ models, anywhere they have an Internet connection. The WD Photos app also is available for iPad™, iPhone®, iPhone4 and iPod touch® mobile digital devices, and is now available at the Android Market™ as a free download.Designed for the Android platform, the WD Photos app is compatible with the most popular Android OS-based smartphones, in native resolution, including, but not limited to, the Droid® by Motorola®, DROID INCREDIBLE by HTC®, Nexus One™, and HTC EVO™ 4G. After users have copied their pictures into the Shared Pictures folder on their WD network drive, the WD Photos app provides users access to their photo library while connected to their home network or from anywhere they can access the Internet using compatible mobile devices. Users' photos remain private, safe and secure on their network drive, eliminating the need for time-consuming uploads to costly online photo services and the need to choose which pictures to sync to their Android smartphone. On their Android device, consumers can search for their specific photos by name or the date the photo was taken and scroll through thumbnail previews while sharing all of their memories with friends and family.Android phones have captured 34 percent of the fast-growing U.S. smartphone market, and shipments increased 886 percent in the second calendar quarter of 2010, year-over-year, making it the largest smartphone platform in the U.S., according to Canalys, a leading global provider of smartphone market data and analysis.“Android phones are enjoying a huge success in the market,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group. “By customizing the WD Photos app for Android phones, we provide a greater number of our users a better experience for viewing and sharing the precious photos safely stored at home on their WD home network drives.”WD Photos Photo Viewer App FeaturesFeatures of the WD Photos photo viewer app for Android smartphones include:Photos are automatically resized for perfect viewing on Android devices, leaving originals on the network drives in full resolution;Smart filtering to find the photos you want -- view photos by album, folder or all images and search by date, folder name or file name;Access previously viewed photos offline;Share photos via email, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa™ and other methods;Assign a photo to a contact;Add a photo to the gallery; and,View photos in a slideshow.The WD Photos photo viewer app is compatible with Android OS 2.1 or later and works with WD's My Book Live and My Book World Edition network drives and WD ShareSpace network storage systems. Users must register with WD's free remote access service to use the app. For detailed information, visit the WD Photos photo viewer page.About WDWD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

Kyle Gibb