Over the last few years I have used various free and paid for sync services. Utopia for me is to have a folder full of documents and files that exists on all devices I use including mobile.
So previously, I found that Microsoft Live Mesh did that job. It had a client for Windows, Mac and Windows Mobile as well as a web portal. I could add any folder on any device to my “Mesh” and it would sync with all other devices in the Mesh in near real time.
In reality that meant that if I took a photo with the camera on my phone, in a matter of seconds, that photo had been copied back to my desktop onto my web based storage.
The only thing I did not like however was that Mesh had another feature. It allowed you to connect via the internet to any other machine in the Mesh and create a remote desktop session giving you full control over the remote machine. This was not something that could be switched off in the software (although a registry hack soon killed the feature for me).
But now I have moved to Android and I cannot find a replacement. Mesh does not have an Android client and I have yet to find anything else that does 2 way sync.
1. I cannot add existing folders on my desktop into the sync. I can only sync files that are inside the applications own folders
2. I cannot add any folders on my mobile device to the sync
This is very much a 1 way sync process and very frustrating. Indeed with some of these applications, they do not sync with the phone at all. Instead when you click on the file you want to open, you have to wait for that file to download off the server. This has 2 downsides.
1. If I am out and about, I am reliant on using the 3G data connection on my phone which can be expensive
2. If I am out of coverage, I cannot get the file at all.
To me, this is not file synchronisation at all.
Now the worse thing is that Mesh is nearing the end of it’s life. With the next release of the Windows Live web applications we are going to see Windows Live Sync and Windows Live Mesh merge with Windows Live SkyDrive. This should be a good thing but what do we think the odds are of a client for non Windows mobile devices?
So I am stuck.
I can’t sync files off my mobile device easily and can’t sync files onto my mobile device to be used offline later.
Whilst I am sure there must be an app for that, I can’t find it so any clues?