MSP Today Expert Feature
January 17, 2013

MediaFire Arrives on Android with 50GB of Free Storage

Ever since MegaUpload and other similar file sharing domains were seized by the federal government one year ago, users have turned to a multitude of other cloud-storage services looking for the next suitable replacement.

Enter MediaFire. The service gained in popularity by letting free users instantly download files with minimal limitations. With the government's eye watching them closely, MediaFire has been cooperating with record labels and movie and television studios when it comes to removing copyrighted content, trying to ensure the company's longevity.

“We have a variety of advanced automated systems designed to detect violations to our Terms of Service and automatically warn and terminate users,” said Tom Langridge, cofounder of the file-hosting service.

While iOS users – and Web users, of course – have had easy access to MediaFire, Android (News - Alert) device owners were left in the dark. That is, until now. The MediaFire app launched in the Play Store earlier today, offering Android users 50GB of free storage. Files can be shared via e-mail, SMS and social networks. 

A paid service is offered for those looking to host more files or who wish to remove the 200MB file upload limit.

The app itself sports an already outdated UI, with a simple look and older Gingerbread (Android 2.3) style buttons. However, the functionality is all there with features such as smart keyboard shortcuts and the ability to drag-and-drop files. 

Users with minimal local storage left on their device will no doubt enjoy the ability to upload videos and pictures directly to their account.

A company rep for MediaFire hinted to CNET that the ability to sync files and folders, ala Dropbox (News - Alert), is in the works, along with support for batch file uploads. No word on when those features would be made available and if they will require a paid subscription.

MediaFire for Android requires version 2.2 or higher, and does not support tablet devices such as the Nexus 7.  

Edited by Braden Becker