Samsung did its part in regards to SSD transition not long ago and it looks like Seagate is ready to give its own products a boost, though in this case it is hard disk drives of the portable variety that are becoming more versatile.
There are various types of storage units out there, divided according to almost as many criteria, like base technology, feature set, performance, etc.
In the case of hard disk drives, one can distinguish between internal (3.5-inch desktop models and 2.5-inch laptop ones) and external ones, which may or may not be portable.
Portable HDDs usually have the 2.5-inch form factor, like notebook storage solutions, while external ones that needn't be moved too much can be even slightly larger than the 3.5-inch form.
Among both of these, one will find units that can communicate with computers without the need for cables.
Unfortunately, most wireless HDDs have a limitation in that, while they work just fine with Windows systems, they don't really know how to go about thing around Android devices, except through a method involving the latter's browsers, when applicable.
Seagate has now announced
that its GooFlex Satellite 500 GB mobile hard disk drive will feature the ability to synchronize with Android platforms over WiFi, via a new app it devised.
“Seagate’s line of GoFlex external storage has always been about enabling flexibility and part of this flexibility is being OS agnostic,” said Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager for Seagate retail product group.
“Seagate GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage continues with this theme of flexibility by providing added storage to mobile devices where there may not be a physical port to connect a cable. An Android supported app had been part of our development plans for the product from the very start. We are now pleased to offer the new GoFlex media app from the Android Market,"
The 500 GB GoFlex HDD has a battery life of 5 hours and, should one decide to just go ahead and use a cable, support for the USB 3.0 standard as well.