April 30, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Shortly before MWC 2012, LG teased its LG Link cloud service that could backup files and critical data. But that was also-ran service that treated the cloud as “storage device” rather than an access point for user data. Today, the company announced a new service that better represents what the cloud is capable of in media.
LG has announced LG Cloud, a media storage and streaming service that can stream media to Android smartphones, Windows PC’s, and Smart TV’s. LG Cloud stores music, photos, videos, and files online, but also enables quick multimedia streaming. The service uses “Real-time Streaming Transcoding,” which is server-side conversion that makes almost any content available without needing to have special codecs installed on a specific device. Photos and video taken on LG phones can edited or set to automatically update to Cloud and then be streamable on a PC or Smart TV.
All LG Cloud users get 5GB of free storage, but there are plans to introduce higher tiers for paying customers. For now, the only way to get extra space is to purchase an LG Smart TV or smartphone because those users get an additional 50GB for 6 months.
LG Cloud is available only to users in the United States and South Korea (for now). Download the LG Cloud app from Google Play and visit the online hub to get started. Here’s a list of the media formats currently supported for Real-time Streaming Transcoding.
- Video : 29 extensions including ASF, AVI, MPEG, MP4, WMV, MOV and MKV
- Music : 35 extensions including FLAC, MID, MP4, OGG, WMA, RM and WAV
- Photo : 33 extensions including GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP and PSD
- Document : 60 extensions including DOC, PPT, XLS, TXT, HTML and PSD
However, it assumes that your TV set or mobile phone supports the above file extensions.