Google Drive is the default cloud service in Android. It is preinstalled on many phones, and once that’s not the case, it’s easy to download as an app via the Google Play Store.
But with Huawei and Samsung, two other, large Android smartphone manufacturers offer their own cloud services, some with quite similar services as Google Drive.
As the question arises, which of the offers is the best and whether perhaps the parallel use of two services is worthwhile?
Buyers of its smartphones and tablets provide Samsung 15 gigabytes of storage space in the cloud. The Samsung Cloud service lets you synchronize appointments and tasks, as well as addresses, pictures and videos, notes, voice memos, and S-Note entries. The cloud remembers your web bookmarks, saved pages and open tabs.
In addition, you can use the storage space thanks to “Samsung Cloud Drive” for filing files, as on other online hard drives also. Every day, up to 2 gigabytes of data can be shared with other users via short-term valid links – practical.
You can create the necessary Samsung user account on the mobile device. There, the Samsung Cloud appears like the other services in the settings under “Cloud and accounts”.
In the settings of the Samsung Cloud, you will also find the associated data backup. It allows backup of app data, such as phone, messages, documents, and music. She also brings contacts and calendars to safety. If necessary, you can restore this data, for example, on a new smartphone or after you have reset your phone to factory settings for repair.
Away from the smartphone, you can access the mobile photos stored in the Samsung Cloud and Samsung Cloud Drive files via a browser. In addition, you can, for example, also manage the backups in the browser. In the Windows Store can be found with “Gallery” a Samsung app that specifically allows access to images and videos in the Samsung Cloud.
If the storage space is too short, it will be extended for a fee. 50 gigabytes cost 99 cents a month, 200 gigabytes 2.99 euros a month.
Huawei offers buyers a comparatively slim 5 gigabytes who opt for a mobile phone from – logically – Huawei or the subsidiary brand Honor. Prerequisite is a model on the Huawei Android version EMUI at least in version 5.1 is running.
You can use Huawei Cloud storage for photos, videos, and screenshots that you shoot or film on your cell phones and tablets. Other files also find their place on the online hard drive and Huawei also uses them to synchronize contacts, appointments and Wi-Fi credentials.
If you still use the cloud to store backups of your devices there, you will quickly notice that 5 gigabytes of storage space will not last long. The upgrade to 50 gigabytes costs 1 cent in the first month, then 0.99 euros.
You can also access the data in the Huawei Cloud via a browser and mobile phone. But this works only limited and is not suitable, for example, to upload data from the PC to the phone.
A clever move could have enabled Huawei to choose the server location. The servers are located within the EU – an important prerequisite for the DSGVO-compliant use of the Huawei cloud. Especially business customers could convince.
For Comparison: Google Drive
With storage, Google is particularly generous too: equal 15 gigabytes you get via Google Drive for free. It does not matter which brand your phone comes from. All you have to do is make sure that you can install the associated apps.
As with Huawei and Samsung, the feature to back up smartphones and tablets to Google is limited to branded devices. Only Nexus and Pixel smartphones secure your data (specifically: apps, call lists, device settings, contacts, calendars, sometimes SMS, photos and videos) in the cloud and can restore them from there.
Google Drive proves to be extremely powerful in functional terms. The Backup & Sync software lets you sync almost any folder on your PC or Mac with Google Drive. So you can access your files almost anywhere and with any device – via Backup & Sync, via mobile apps or even through the browser.
You can also share the files stored on Google Drive. In addition, Google provides extensive web-based applications for free, with which you can edit and create files. These include, for example, the Google Docs Office package, the omnipresent Google Calendar, the Google Contacts address book, and Google Photos image processing and administration.
There is a small limitation on disk space: Google also expects emails stored in Gmail. Depending on usage behavior, this can lead to you having to deduct a few gigabytes from the 15 gigabytes of free memory.
Fortunately, the memory can also be extended at Google. For the upgrade to 100 gigabytes, one calculates 1.99 euros per month, for 200 gigabytes 2.99 euros and for 2 terabytes 9.99 euros per month. Packages of 10 and 20 terabytes are also available, for 99.99 or 199.99 euros per month.
Overall, the Huawei Cloud is not only the youngest of the three offerings but also the least functional. Samsung started earlier and is, therefore, more powerful. All in all, the Koreans continue to develop their cloud quite leisurely.
Google Drive, on the other hand, indicates that it is an important product for Google. Accordingly, the scope of service is the greatest and thanks to tariffs with 1 terabyte of storage space and more, it can also be used professionally.
The Huawei and Samsung clouds are more like half-hearted customer retention attempts. Nevertheless, they are recommendable because they provide basic backup functions for the mobile devices of the respective manufacturer.
From a purely functional point of view, our tip is, therefore: Activate the backup functions of Samsung or Huawei Cloud and use Google for calendars, contacts, photos, and files. Who prefers certain brands or fundamentally distrusts them, but he may see it differently.