The Amazon Kindle Fire is (somewhat arguably) one of the most successful non-Apple tablets out on the market. For $199 you get a fairly capable device, but with such a low-price it isn’t a surprise that there are a few big limitations on the tablet. One of these limitations is the 8GB storage that has no expansion ability. This is where Kingston’s Wi-Drive comes into play.
Earlier in 2011, the Wi-Drive was launched for IOS devices as a wireless portable storage system, and now it gets an Amazon Store app that lets it work with the Kindle Fire. Currently the Wi-Drive is available in 16GB and 32GB capabilities. For those who need a bigger storage solution though, a 64GB capacity is on its way this quarter. Of course if you intend to buy this and a Kindle Fire just to get a little more space, it might be wiser to just get a more expensive tablet that has a higher amount of space already (and/or SD expansion).
LAS VEGAS & FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International CES 2012 — Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced an app to enable Wi-Drive™ use with Kindle Fire. Shipping in later Q1, Kingston® Wi-Drive will also be available in a 64GB capacity. In addition, existing Wi-Drive users can get a free app update for Apple devices that allow AirPlay and DRM support. The award-winning Kingston Wi-Drive is wireless portable storage for tablets and smartphone devices including Kindle Fire, Apple® iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®, and lets users store and share content wirelessly with three users simultaneously.
“The combination of the app update, higher capacity and Kindle Fire support makes Wi-Drive the perfect wireless storage solution for mobile users.”
Kingston Wi-Drive was first released in 2011 for Apple devices and can now be used for the Android-based Kindle Fire tablet. The app, available on the Amazon Appstore for Android, allows Kindle Fire users to expand the capacity of the device beyond the 8GB of internal storage.
The 64GB version coming soon allows even more storage and sharing, and joins the Wi-Drive family currently available in 16GB and 32GB capacities. An app update for Apple devices allows AirPlay support for streaming of music*, photos and videos**. For iPhone users working with documents, Wi-Drive presents the “Open in” option so the user can select which app to use to view the document, and also allows copying to the Wi-Drive app. Purchased or DRM content can now be accessed on Apple mobile devices through the Safari browser via the Wi-Drive’s IP address as long as the device is assigned to a computer using an iTunes account.
“Since its debut, Kingston Wi-Drive has been a success with Apple mobile device users. As more consumers adopt Kindle Fire as their mobile device for personal media consumption, we are proud to help this new segment of users store and share photos, videos, music and much more,” said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. “The combination of the app update, higher capacity and Kindle Fire support makes Wi-Drive the perfect wireless storage solution for mobile users.”
Kingston Wi-Drive allows users to stream videos, access music or share files with tablets and smartphone owners. The distinctively designed, pocket-sized Wi-Drive utilizes Flash-based technology to store data from USB-compatible PCs. These files are then easily retrieved via Wi-Drive’s built-in wireless signal without requiring cables or an Internet connection. Three users can work simultaneously with different file types from a single Wi-Drive without any performance disruption.
A video of Kingston Wi-Drive can be seen here.
Kingston Wi-Drive is backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 live technical support. For more information visit www.kingston.com/flash.
* DRM purchased content from iTunes can be played back via the Safari browser connected to Wi-Drive. Not all of the functions and features that are found in the application will work within the browser and sharing may be limited to devices that are synched with iTunes.
** Playback from AirPlay compatible devices supports one user session at a time. Requires an AirPlay compatible device. iOS 4.3+.
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About Kingston Digital, Inc.
Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit www.kingston.com or call 800-337-8410.
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