As Samsung and Apple continue to fight the patent war in the courtroom, the South Korean company is planning to take on Apple with the release of the next generation Samsung Galaxy smartphone dubbed Galaxy III on May 3rd. Reports indicate that Samsung may also be getting ready to launch an iCloud-esque service at the Galaxy event.
Maeil Business claims (via CNET) that Samsung will be introducing a cloud-based storage service that will compete with Apple’s popular iCloud at their press conference, the latter which was announced at WWDC last year and launched in October.
Samsung is widely expected to launch Samsung Galaxy III at the press conference that is currently scheduled for May 3rd.
Along with the launch of new Galaxy smartphone, Samsung is also expect to announce their new cloud based service. The new service is reportedly dubbed S-Cloud. This could be another area of conflict between the two companies. iCloud and S-Cloud are vaguely similar, and the idea that a host of lawsuits that could surface due to this is totally plausible. Samsung and Apple are already in the process of being forced to somewhat talk things over for the time being, with their respective CEOs scheduled to meet under a court-mandated discussion within the next few months.
Regarding S-Cloud and its capabilities, The Verge reports:
Maeil Business says it’s similar to iCloud but without any limitations on the type of content you can upload. It is also expected to ship with access to popular TV shows, movies, and music with free and paid content that will be available across a range of Samsung devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Storage is rumored to be “more than 5GB,” but it’s not clear whether that’s down to paid offerings.
iCloud offers a free 5GB of storage to all, with other price-points and storage options readily available. If Samsung wanted to directly compete with Apple, they’d have to offer a pricing plan comparable and as alluring as Apple’s.
There have been multiple reports in past months that suggest that Samsung delayed the launch and has recently partnered with Microsoft to make a worldwide release as seamless as possible.
This is certainly not the first time a cloud-based storage solution has materialized to compete with iCloud. Acer launched AcerCloud back in January of this year, which could easily be considered a ripoff of Apple’s iCloud.
The launch date of the S-Cloud service is not yet known. At the moment, all we have is a mere bit of speculation about what S-Cloud will have to offer.
In the meantime, do you have any qualms with iCloud? If so, sound off in the comments.