Sony have unveiled a new breed of "2-in-1" USB flash drives which enable easy files transfers between smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.
The clever devices have both USB and micro-USB adapters enabling Android owners to easily transfer files. You'll no longer need a cable, have to remove and reinsert microSD cards or have to waste time setting up a Bluetooth connection.
They work with all Android devices running 4.0.3 (and newer) and will be available in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities and come in 3 different colours. The clever accessory also features a removable cap which protects the drive from dust and damage.
“Consumers want to let a friend see the photo they just took or share a video easily with as few steps as possible,” said Viviano Cantu, director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics. “These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking.”
Sony have also developed a free File Manager app which will be available to download on Google Play. The application enables users to search, copy, delete, playback and sort files stored on their different devices.
As well as introducing easy file sharing Sony's new flash drives can also be used to offload memory from your mobile device. For example, they can be used to store all your archived photos leaving your devices on-board memory free for everyday demands.
We think Sony's new USB flash drives are a great addition because they remove the hassle of transferring files and in many ways are a more convenient external memory solution than microSD cards.
They will be available to buy from the Sony store in January. The 8GB version will set you back $19.99, while the 16 and 32GB drives cost $29.99 and $62.99 respectively. No news on UK prices or availability yet, but when we hear more we'll let you know.
By Simon Thomas on 16th December, 2013