September 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Finding a good sync tool for Android is not easy. Many have come but few have managed to stay and please everyone. A new Android app known as Cheetah Sync has a nice chance of succeeding where others have failed.
Cheetah Sync wirelessly synchronizes files between an Android 1.6 or higher device and computer (Windows XP or later, Mac OS 10.5 or higher). Cheetah Sync is not the first app to provide such features, but it performs these tasks in an incredibly simple and hands-off fashion. Transfers take place over the home Wi-Fi network once a sync client is installed, so the user doesn’t have to worry about mounting a device or manually sending files through the cloud.
It’s important to note that when I say “sync” files, I do not merely mean that it transfers photos or music files over Wi-Fi. Cheetah Sync provides true two-way sync that automatically updates the contents on two linked folders. If someone downloads a picture to the “Wallpaper” folder on a laptop, it will sync to the “Wallpaper” folder on that person’s Android device. Users can set these two folders to update manually, hourly, daily, every 4 or 8 hours, or at a designated time. (You can also enable 1-way sync as an option.) Beyond that, users can choose to sync or ignore sub-directories and decrease the chance of duplicates with File Compare.
Not everyone will love Cheetah Sync because they may want the ability to transfer files through USB. However, the transfer speeds on my home network were just fine. It also doesn’t hurt that Cheetah Sync is so easy to control and set-up that I have no need to monitor the transfer. The only drawback is that the free version is limited to one Sync Job (settings profile) per device, so people with complex folder structures who are only looking to sync certain items – “Android/Wallpaper” folder but not “Android/Videos” – may run into problems. Purchasing the $1.49 upgrade will eliminate that problem and create unlimited Sync jobs.
Download Cheetah Sync from the Android Market and test it out. The PC/Mac client can be found at JRT Studio. (And yes, the app is Honeycomb compatible.)