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Seagate adds more features, capacities to Wireless Plus mobile drive

Seagate announces a major upgrade to its Wireless Plus mobile storage expander for smartphones and tablets. It includes a new version of the Seagate Media mobile app, which adds more features to the device, and more capacity choices: 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

The Seagate Wireless Plus is one of the best mobile storage devices on the market. Dong Ngo/CNET

Good news for Wireless Plus owners and those thinking of getting one. Seagate announced today what it calls "the next evolution" in its wireless storage category.

The change includes a major upgrade to the Seagate Media mobile app and new capacities for the drive. The app is now available for all major mobile platforms including Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows, and Windows RT. On top of that it also has integration with cloud backup services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive. And now, in addition to the original 1TB version, the Wireless Plus is also available in 500GB and 2TB capacities.

The Wireless Plus is the second generation of Seagate's Wireless storage, which first came out in 2013. The company was the first to introduce the mobile wireless storage category with the debut of the Seagate GoFlex Satellite back in 2011.

This is a compact battery-operated portable drive, with about 10 hours of battery life, that comes with a built-in Wi-Fi network. Mobile devices, such as an iPad or a smartphone, connected to this Wi-Fi network can use its storage for backup as well as playing content stored on the drive.

Seagate says the price of the 1TB Wireless Plus is now $180, and the 2TB is $200. Both are available now. The 500GB version is planned to be available by May 9 with an estimated price of $150.

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