Kim Dotcom Mega for Android (teaser 001)

If anything, the controversial Megaupload file-sharing service got the Internet mogul Kim Dotcom filthy rich. The German-Finnish entrepreneur is currently residing in New Zealand, where he manages a new cloud-based storage service startup called Mega that promises to protect your privacy from the government’s prying eyes.

To help with that, the company acquired an Android app that’s now being maintained by Mega contractors. Editions for Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone being worked on, which is good news if you were looking to bolster up security of your personal cloud files in light of the ongoing scandal involving NSA spying and the PRISM intelligence program

The free Android app, available from Google’s Play store, lets you browse your Mega storage, upload/download files, photos and videos (with Camera Sync option), search across your account, share files via public links and delete, rename, move and create files and folders.

In announcing the Android build, the company wrote in a blog post that its iOS app and Windows sync client are currently “in the final stages of development and will follow suit”.

A file hosting service and successor to Megaupload, Mega launched in January 2013 to – ironically – provide tools which help protect users from government eavesdropping and invasion of privacy.

Free accounts include 50GB of storage space with no traffic limits, while paid tiers include 500GB/2TB/4TB flavors with 1TB/4TB/8TB bandwidth per month. It accepts Bitcoins and they are planning to expand into email, chat, voice and video soon.

Mega (About us, silhouettes)

The company’s About page states its service uses a state of the art browser-based encryption technology “where you, not us, control the keys”.

Kim along with Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato is part of Mega’s design group, with domain registrar Instra Corporation owner Tony Lentino acting as Principal Visionary.

Not too shabby for an alleged hacker who has two suspended prison sentences in his biography, one over computer fraud and data espionage and the other related to insider trading and embezzlement.

  • Roger Riekki

    I like Mega personally and I used to rely on Megaupload alot glad this is back.

  • Cesar D

    Hope Kim can get back my old data.

    • Mac_Guy

      I believe petabytes of data were already deleted so it seems highly unlikely you’ll be getting that back

      • Gorgonphone

        I never rely on the cloud or y external storage ever

      • Joseph

        Then you’re asking for disaster to strike, if you don’t keep backups that aren’t stored on your main HDD.

      • Gorgonphone

        I have my main hdd and some portable terbite drives for back ups

      • iOops

        That is terabyte, but I agree it is smart to have backups. Personally, I rely quite heavily on Dropbox for syncing development projects between offices and clients. Great way to have a safe backup, and always have ready access to it wherever you go.

        I am quite satisfied with Dropbox’s privacy policy, and security.

      • Gorgonphone

        Yeah for work i use a secureFTP server

      • iOops

        SFTP is a bit raw, and not really suited for most tasks, however for Web development it is great, albeit slower than the alternatives. We use it primarily for appliance maintenance at our corporate office and cloud services such as our product license management servers, etc.

      • Joseph

        Contradiction. You said above that you don’t use external storage…

      • Gorgonphone

        I meant external as in out of my reach ! I should have said online stotage to be perfectly clear.. But yes i have portable terbyte drived for back ups

    • Martin

      If you want your data back, ask Mr. Obama – He’s keeping all of our data. For our own good 🙂

      • Gorgonphone

        Lol if you were dumb enough to have it only online ten thats your fault!!!! The govt can raid these companies any time and take everything lol

      • Martin

        WTF man? I was only replaying to CesarD!
        And… it was a joke!

      • Gorgonphone

        Not directed at you personally i mean any person who trustses the safety of their info ir data with a corporation is being tragically naive..

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    I miss megaupload

    • Gorgonphone

      I dont cause we have 10000000 other options

      • Maxim∑

        Just like with phones… Having a 1000000 different options doesn’t mean anything. Mega is fast and clean with no advertisements,surveys or wait times like with almost all the other websites

      • XboxOne

        yeah that aren’t as fast or reliable with downloads of big files like megaupload was.

  • Stephaughn Alston

    50GB of free storage is not bad at all, but I think I’ll stick with Dropbox just because it’s a more unified experience!

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I know what you mean. Mobile clients are a good start for Mega but what they really need (or what I really need) is a desktop client similar to Dropbox. Uploading to Dropbox is as easy as drag-and-drop or right-click-copy and right-click-paste…

      • Ethan

        They’re working on it, he said that on conference about two weeks ago.

  • There already is a (third party) app … it works fine by me 🙂

  • Tsavo Walker

    Kim is a boss

  • Gorgonphone

    Its gonna suck causeapple wont let anything iffy on theit app store

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I’m kind of hoping Apple won’t be like that (for a change) since after all they allow the Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, etc apps so why the hell should they disallow the Mega? They are all file hosts and provide the same service. To block one would mean that Apple (if playing by the rules) would have to block the aforementioned apps as well…

      • Gorgonphone

        I hear you but mega is a big name in piracy and lawsuits and trouble i doubt appple will want y part of that.. At this point kim is just submitting an app to applle for the publicity of it all lol

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        If it gets through the submission process I doubt we’d see it in the “New and Noteworthy” section of the AppStore…

  • Tony Klapatch

    Great news since currently it can’t download to Safari with safari download manager.

  • Cameron Chao

    Isnt he suppose to be in Jail?

    • Bob

      No, he’s not suppose to be in jail. Those who rape, kill and torture are, not people who try to innovate the way the internet works.

      • n0ahcruz3

        This ^

      • D.

        BOOM! Well said.

      • Cameron Chao

        i didnt mean it that way, i was just wondering because last i heard he was arrested and facing life. Now hes a free man?