Will Apple create iCloud Drive for Android?

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  1. dba415 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011
    I just upgraded my iCloud to iCloud Drive. Will I be able to access my files in the future with an Android device?
  2. PsykX macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    There's no way in hell that this will happen.

    But the real answer to that should be : we don't know.
  3. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I hope you Android users like web interfaces....
  5. JayKyte macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2014
    Steve J would return from the dead and personally strike down the developer that built this ;):D
  6. DoctorFedora macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    Will Nintendo release Mario Kart for PS4? Will McDonald's start letting Burger King sell Big Macs? Will Disney license Mickey Mouse to Warner Bros.?

    iCloud is pretty specifically a selling point to get people to choose an iPhone over a phone that isn't. Allowing access to it from Android would be worse than pointless from Apple's perspective.
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Will Apple make iTunes for Windows?

    Uh, wait, wait. Bad example. Forget I said anything.
  8. PsykX macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    How much money does iTunes on Windows bring to Apple ? Billions per year.

    How much money would iCloud on Android bring to Apple ? Probably losses in terms of millions.
  9. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm not clear how it would lose Apple money at all, but I could see some Android users being attracted to buying a Macbook/iMac if they knew they could access their files in their Android phone.
  10. pdjudd, Jul 26, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2014

    pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    At best it could only be a view only sort of thing since you couldn’t actually use it properly (android lacking all of the iCould functionality that iOS has). Apple has enough motive to develop iCloud for Android as it would have to develop iWork or iLife for other platforms.

    It’s not comparable to iTunes since the only real commercial aspect of iCloud is the monthly storage aspect (iTunes match is a possible one, but that isn’t going to be useful for android since iTunes match is for iTunes). iTunes on the other hand was basically a way to get people to buy Apple hardware (iPods, iPhones, and iPads), and media content (music, movies, and apps). Far greater commercial potential.

    It’s not really a native usage situation though. iTunes for example, has no interaction with Android (or other phones) and Apple pretty much avoids supporting other mobile platforms as much as possible. There was a big deal a few years ago when Palm tried to fake out iTunes so that it would be recognized. Apple went out of their way to stop that and ensure that the only support was going to be iOS devices. There only Android development Apple is even doing is the Beats music app and that was solely because it was acquired. I bet that development of that app in general will have nothing to do with development of Mac stuff in general. It’s going to be it’s own corner.
  11. Zetaprime macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2011
    Ohio, US
    They ought to. The other major players like Google and Microsoft have iOS apps for their cloud services.
  12. djtech42 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
    It would increase usage of the iCloud network, which would mean they might need to add and upgrade their servers, and it wouldn't sell any hardware in the process.

    So, no.
  13. dba415 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011
    iCloud doesn't even offer anything new. It's just a cloud storage platform. The entire purpose of the cloud is that it's accessible anywhere, any time.

    What person would use iCloud drive and pay for extra storage when other services like Dropbox and Google Drive offer the same thing and are available on more devices?
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    The point was that it wasn't a dumb question and deserves discussion. Based on all the posts since mine I can see that I wasn't wrong.

    But based on this logic, Pages and Numbers for the web shouldn't exist. And yet they did that.

    I don't think there will be iCloud for Android either, but this isn't the reason. They've already proven they'll devote server power to things that don't run on Apple hardware.

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