When it comes to cloud backups, the Apple Fanboys have a big edge of Android users thanks to Apple’s iCloud. It does what it says it does; which is more than what can be said about Android (read Google’s) Backup/Restore feature. To say Google has done a mediocre job here would be too nice. The Backup/Restore feature on Android is always a disappointment, but that is about to change with Samsung Cloud.
Yes, Samsung is planning on launching a cloud backup service for its next flagship phones the Galaxy Note 7. Even Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will get Samsung Cloud as a 150MB update. The service is already rolled out in India and Italy. Samsung says it will be rolled out to more countries soon.
Samsung device users will get 15GB free backup space. Samsung Cloud will automatically backup Samsung apps like the Calendar and Contacts and other ‘3rd party apps’ you select to be backed up.
As it works out, when you get a text message on your SMS app, if you have selected that app to be backed up, you will be able to retrieve that SMS on another device courtesy of the Samsung Cloud. The same goes for your phone settings, home screen layouts, keyboard data. All information will be backed up so that on the next device you sign in; there will be no hassle to getting familiar with it. Yes, just like what Microsoft has done with Windows 8 and 10. You can also opt to back up personal files like music, photo, videos, and documents.
The Samsung Cloud sync will take place across all your devices. Say you delete a contact on one device; the same will be reflected across all your devices. The same will apply to other apps like the Notes app, Photos, and Videos in the Samsung Gallery app.
However, if you don’t want particular apps to be synced, say your Photo and Videos (because it’s easy to max your free 15GB allowance with them), you can opt out of syncing certain apps.
The auto sync will take place every 24 hours when you are on a Wi-Fi connection. The sync will take place when the screen is off, and your device is connected to power for at least over an hour. The Samsung Cloud is already available to Note 7, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. If you have any of the said devices, go to Settings > Cloud and Account > Samsung Cloud.