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Google Cloud Print is the cool beta service we all know and love for over-the-air printing. We’ve come to accept it as part of our day-to-day printing lives on our desktops but what about our Android phones and tablets? When do they get a turn?

In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at some of the Google Cloud Print-compatible apps available for Android so you can get printing literally wherever in the world you are. If you haven’t got Google Cloud Print setup or are left wondering what it actually does, be sure to check out Getting Started with Google Cloud Print on Tuts+.

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Cloud storage has become so ubiquitous that the idea of storing files online is no longer anything out of the ordinary. In fact we are almost spoiled for choice with the number of services competing for our attention and our files – Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive to name but three. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably signed up for every gigabit of free cloud storage you can lay your hands on.

All this free space sounds great, but management can become a nightmarish task as every service has its own Android application and you might well find yourself with multiple client apps installed on your device. With CloudCube, this could be a thing of the past as here, in a single app, is a tool that can be used to manage files on no less than eight online repositories. The reliance on dedicated clients had limited me to using just a couple of cloud storage services at a time, so I was keen to see how this free app could help me get past that hurdle.

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With camera lens and sensor specs getting more and more impressive, Android devices have easily become our go-to choice for point-and-shoot cameras. Photos on our phones keep getting better and better but the issue is with transferring and backing up those precious memories seamlessly.

The best place to automatically store photos is in the cloud so we can access them anytime and anywhere. Many apps and services offer this option but with only very little free space — 2GBs is ridiculous given the higher resolution sensors on cameraphones — and expensive additional space. Google+ will backup photos with no storage limit, except it counteracts that by downsizing the image resolution. Wouldn’t it be perfect if we could back those photos up to our Google Drive account, making good use of the free space offered with the reasonably priced additional storage? Well, there’s a simple app called FolderSync to do just that.

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Google’s long-awaited answer to Dropbox has finally been released. Google Drive lets you keep a section of your hard drive in the cloud – like Dropbox – but with a few extra features that tie in to Google’s existing ecosystem.

For instance, rather than dragging and dropping a file into Gmail to add it as an attachment (and then waiting for it to upload), you can add it directly from your Google Drive. Google Chrome apps will be able to access files from your Drive. And, of course, there’s an Android app

But some people are concerned about privacy, precisely because Google Drive ties in to the ecosystem so well. Thanks to Google’s terms of service, the company technically has access to all the files you upload to it. This is not necessarily any worse than the other cloud storage companies’ terms, but it’s more worrying because Google is so big and ubiquitous anyway.

What do you think?

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