TechCrunch Disrupt alumni Bitcasa, the startup that promises to bring infinite storage to its users for just $10 per month, just announced that it is launching its first batch of mobile apps today. The company is launching its Android and Windows 8/RT apps in the Google Play and Windows Store today. Its apps for iOS and OS X are also virtually complete and are scheduled to launch in the beginning of January.
Until now, Bitcasa users only had access to a web-based HTML5 version of the service on their mobile phones.
The apps, of course, make use of Bitcasa's encrypted, proprietary and patent-pending "Infinite Drive" that created quite a bit of skepticism when the company first launched. From a user experience perspective, the Infinite Drive acts as a virtual external drive that just continues to grow as you save more data to it. As an added bonus, everything is encrypted across the system and as the company's co-founder and CEO Tony Gauda told me earlier this week, even the Bitcasa team has no way of accessing your data.
The mobile apps, Gauda said, will allow users to stream their music from the cloud, access their photos and read documents from anywhere. He also stressed that the apps automatically organize these files for you, no matter the folder structure you used to store them on your computer. Users shouldn't have to worry about managing and organizing their files, he said, "the same way they donot have to worry about storage capacity limits."
The apps, of course, also allow users to share any file or folder with others - no matter whether the recipient is a Bitcasa user or not.
While Gauda didn't provide us with any recent user data, he did note that the service is seeing "phenomenal growth" and that it now has "more data under its management than the Internet Archive," which currently stores over ten petabytes of data. Bitcasa, he also said, is currently being used in 122 countries and the number of international users outnumbers its U.S.-based ones.