Google releases new ‘Google One’ app for iOS with storage manager and backups

Google on Wednesday announced the launch of a new Google One app for iOS, which is designed to let users store photos, video, contacts, and calendar events for backup purposes.

Google One

Larissa Fontaine, Google blog:

Last year, we launched automatic phone backup for members on Android devices. So no matter what happens to your phone, you won’t lose the important stuff like texts, contacts and apps, and photos and videos.

To bring this peace of mind to more people, we’re making some Google One features — phone backup and a new storage manager tool—free for Google users wherever Google One is available. You can back up your devices and clean up your files across Google Photos, Google Drive, and Gmail — all in the new Google One app for Android and iOS.

If you have an iPhone, we’re introducing a new iOS app that lets you store photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events with Google. Start backing up your phone with the Google One app, and save the stuff you care about using the free 15 GB of storage that comes with your Google Account.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ll get right on that – as soon as we publicly publish scans of our Social Security cards, home addresses, home phone numbers, bank account transactions, credit card numbers, expiration dates and CVVs, personal email addresses, DNA reports, license plate photos, medical records…

12 Comments

  1. But, but, but you know that Google uses customer data only to improve its products. The CEO testified to that at the House antitrust committee hearing. He wouldn’t lie to Congress would he? Your personal data are safe. /s

    1. When I learned of Google’s secretive and intentional scooping up wifi passwords (2010-ish) “in the neighborhood”, my view of the company was tarnished forever.

      Say nothing of their grandest heist while the FOX Himself* was in the hen house and stole the goods for his own phone (*A Mole really). It’s worth feeling a little “thermonuclear” about.

      They’ve done scummy things since then, so putting them in the dirtiest-dirty bucket is pure logic and very deserving.

      1. Wifi passwords or SSIDs? The former seems really difficult to gather IMO while the latter can be seen easily in most cases with wifi-enabled devices (unless the admin has hidden the SSID) and thus accumulated easily during a drive-by.

        1. Part of the function of the “street view” vehicles was to map, or course, but the secondary function included sniffing out info on wifi networks. Google was caught and fined for the activity. Slapped on the wrist would better characterize the punishment.

          More detail can be found here: https://www.wired.com/2012/05/google-wifi-fcc-investigation/ Though Google’s set-up enabled intercepting various info, including email/text and more, it was never used and the intent was never to use the info…per Google.

          1. Yes, I know about the incident. I was just clarifying whether you understood the difference between a wifi-password and and SSID, the former which Google did not collect.

            I have perused the article you linked, thank you, and it confirms that no wifi-passwords were gathered at any time. However it does detail that data packets were collected inadvertently (decision still pending appeal) from open wifi networks that may have contained passwords, among other non-encrypted plain text data, for other sites that were being accessed during the drive-by. Wifi hotspots that have enabled passwords as far as we know only had their SSID collected (unless as I mentioned earlier the admin hide it).

            As far as the article is concerned there has been no fine for any legal outcome as of yet, but there was a $25k fine by the FCC for Google stonewalling the investigation.

            The crux of the appeal is that what Google collected was not unlike a person recording someone yelling out their window to another person on the street and thus not illegal as it was easily accessible to anyone.

            1. Yep…thanks for your clarifying knowledge. It helped me better understand the scenario. It makes Google seem just a little bit less fox-like. I admit, I carry a little Google animus.

    2. He didn’t lie. Google’s product is YOU and the data about you as a commodity to sell to targeted advertising. They are improving their products (the information about you) by gathering as much data about you as possible then selectively selling that data to their most important customers: advertisers. Google gets more money for information that leads to very targeted advertising than it does for information that leads to generic advertising.

      Sure, he didn’t say that you and all that data about you are their real products. He conveniently left that part out. Unfortunately, it is likely none of the people trying to grill him know that either.

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