Accompanying the My Book Live that Western Digital introduced last month came an iPhone app that enables access to photos stored on the NAS server. The app's interface functions similarly to the way iPhone users normally access their photo libraries.
This was already by far the coolest remote access offering from Western Digital, but today the company expanded it feature to Android-based smartphones with the release of the WD Photos Viewer app for Android.
Similar to the iPhone app, the Android app enables you to view all the photos stored on your WD home NAS servers, including the My Book Live, My Book World Edition, and WD ShareSpace, from anywhere in the world as long as the phone has an Internet connection.
In order for sharing to work, apart from just having the app, you will also need to activate the NAS server's MioNet remote access feature, which is a quick and easy process. The WD Photos Photo Viewer Droid app's features include:
- Automatic photo resizing: Photos are resized to fit on the phone's screen, leaving originals on the NAS server.
- Smart filtering: Display photos by album, folder, or all images and search by date, folder name, or file name.
- Offline access: Photos previously viewed can be accessed even when the phone is disconnected from the Internet.
- Social network integration: You can share photos via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, and other social Web sites
- Phone integration: You can assign photos to contacts, save them to the phone's gallery, and view them as a slideshow
Western Digital says that the Android app is compatible with the most popular Android OS-based smartphones, including, but not limited to, the Droid by Motorola, Droid Incredible by HTC, the Nexus One, and the HTC EVO 4G. The app requires the device to run Android 2.1 or later.
It is now is now available at the Android Market as a free download.