Good news for all of our Ubuntu users out there. Ubuntu One has expanded its Android app presence by releasing Ubuntu One Files into the Android Market. This pairs with the Ubuntu One Music app which has been in the Market for a while now, and together they offer a solid combination of cloud storage and mobile access, but it does come at a cost.
Ubuntu One is essentially the same as Apple's iCloud, except of course that Ubuntu One has been around about 2 years longer than iCloud. Ubuntu One offers Dropbox like cloud storage and file sync as well as cloud music storage. The two features are split into the Ubuntu One Files app and Ubuntu One Music apps. Ubuntu One offers 2 GB of cloud storage for free, though users can buy extra 20-packs to add 20 GB of storage for $2.99 each. With the Files app, users can manage their cloud files from their Android device, but even better, it will automatically upload photos you take with your camera to the cloud. The Ubuntu One Music app is tied to the Ubuntu One Music Store, which acts much like the Amazon Cloud Drive in that music purchased from the store does not count towards your cloud storage limit, but you can upload your own music. The app allows you to stream your music, cache files locally for offline playback and even manage playlists.
The Android apps are free, but using the Music app is not free. Canonical is offering a free 30-days of mobile access, but after that, if you want to continue using the Ubuntu One Music app, it will cost $3.99/month or $39.99/year.