March 12, 2010

Newly Arrived – SpiderOak iPhone App

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We are very proud and excited to announce the launch of our SpiderOak iPhone
application -representing our introduction into the mobile platform. You can
find SpiderOak now in the iTunes App Store!
Our initial goals for this product were to accomplish the following:

  1. Provide seamless access to all of the data you have backed up across your
    SpiderOak Network – viewing documents, pdfs, pictures, videos, music,
    historical versions, etc…
  2. Allow you to easily open your ShareRooms and those of your friends, family,
    colleagues, or clients
  3. Create a way for you to email ANY file across your SpiderOak Network
    through the iPhone email utility

Of course in my excitement to show off the new app, one of my friends
wondered why she should download it if she didn’t have a SpiderOak account.
Other than the obvious response that she should get one immediately (and my
promise of course that I would give her a little extra space), the app can
still be used to open up the ShareRooms of current SpiderOak users. For
example, after downloading the SpiderOak iPhone app on her phone, I was able to
give her one of my ShareRoom credentials (ShareID & RoomKey) et voilĂ ! –
she was looking at several photos of my new cute little niece.

As we do with all of our projects, we encourage your ideas and feedback as
this drives our development effort and makes SpiderOak better for everyone.
Please don’t hesitate to send your comments to

Lastly, we do have plans in the not-so-distant future to release a mobile
version for the Android and the Blackberry platforms with the Windows platform
soon to follow. In addition, we have an aggressive roadmap of new features to
add to the iPhone platform in upcoming versions 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3. Please

  1. Well done, I was just wondering that a similar app exists for your service, and looking a bit sad your website (thinking about Dropbox the too famous, for me not really as secure and interesting as your service), and then, SHAZAM ! Here it is ! It is well done !
    If i would express an evolution, it would be the possibility to add some Favorites, instead crowling on same ways each time.

  2. Excellent, excellent app. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm amazed that it even supports viewing .pages and .keynote documents. Wow. And emailing single file links is just outstanding. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. Good work, can't wait for the Android version! That would complete my transition to an instant online-backup life!

  4. IT IS NOT WORKING!!! Total disappointment!!! The application crashes everytime I try to log in!!!

  5. @ Maxim Bobin: We greatly apologize for the problems you have encountered with the current iPhone application – V 1.0.2. Last evening we submitted a new version – V 1.0.3 – which addresses some small issues we noticed shortly after the 1.0.2 release. That said, we have not experienced reports of users not being able to login and I was wondering if you could provide some additional information. You can send an email to anytime.

    Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding,

    The SpiderOak Team

  6. Sweet… accessing data is great, what about backing up data? It doesn't matter much to me as I'm on Blackberry Enterprise, but for general consumer products, a backup solution would be appreciated by many I'm sure.

  7. Please add a Symbian S60 3rd edition client and I'm sold (if you need more tempting than that, when microsoft release office later this year for S60 3rd, this would make a killer combination).

  8. I'd simply second the request for a version for Symbian S60 3rd edition phones so I could use it on my Nokia E72…

  9. Thank you for all of your posts. We will be moving to Android development next and will keep you posted on our progress. Please don't hesitate to keep the comments and thoughts coming…

  10. Another vote for Android. You guys are the best Linux solution, is it a surprise that we want Android on the mobile side :-)?

  11. Great! I was searching for the iPhone apps before deciding to choose the service and WOW!!! here I am.

    Thanks for the great apps.

  12. I'd like to use the Android version when it appears. Also, you only list the ability to access files backed up from another device. Hopefully in future it will be possible to back up the contents of the phone too.

  13. i log in fine – i can get it to send a link to the email address
    but the link wont work – i get 404 Not Found
    Not found. damn shame i can get two companies to use this paid versions if i can get this working

  14. Awesome! Just downloaded and used it, very nice! Fast, does what it needs to do. I would like to add a feature request, can you enable viewing openoffice format files (I can already view MS Word & Excel, but not currently OpenOffice Writer & Calc). Other then that, I am very impressed with it. Thank you.

  15. Android please! Loving your desktop app, keeping my critical files synced between my ubuntu machines…

  16. Maemo please! … what? Okay, okay, so I'm probably the only one, but all it needs is a recompile for armel. :(

  17. Don't forget Palm (WebOS) support.

    Any chance you will open source the application you already created?

  18. I just discovered the dropbox android app and using it to stream videos to the phone. While looking for a site that was more flexible and supported encryption, I discovered SpiderOak. Once you get the Android App, you will be as good as or better than them in every way. I think you'll be able to count me in as a 100GB customer then.


  19. Anyone else loving the irony that on the news item about the new SpiderOak iPhone app, most(?) of the posts are actually asking for the Android app?

    Subtle hint there for the SpiderOak development team? :)

    +1 Android (100GB user)

  20. where is the android app download link?, think progresive, think Android Evo 4G, I hate apple close ecosystem,

  21. Another vote for Android (you know, the Linux based mobile phone?) I'd love to be able to backup my SD card.

  22. Not to worry, we are currently in the final stages of development of our Android app and will be updating the entire community very shortly.

    We even have development started on Blackberry and WebOS so we have not forgotten about this.

    +1 for Android

  23. actually "crash" is not the right word: like the person who posted on sept 10th, it opens and closes straight away.
    please fix it!!!

  24. Where's the android app?

    You might be interested to know that Gartner research forecasts that by the end of 2010 android sales will exceed iphone and that by 2014 android sales will be the number 1 smartphone in the market. See

    You might want to take this information into account when planning for future releases.

    Give the people what the people want!!!

  25. Want to move off of Dropbox, so I can get either more storage or a lower monthly fee. But neither you nor SugarSync supports the platforms I need – no Linux for SugarSync, no Android for SpiderOak. Whichever releases the missing client I need first is VERY likely to get me as a paying customer.

  26. As many have waited patiently on we are shipping our Android 1.0 release early this week. First version will have Viewing and share functionality and updates including Sync abilities will follow as development continues.

    Blogpost, press release etc coming shortly.

  27. Iphone App still not working. Opens and then closes instantly. Trying it on a 3GS Version 3.1.2. To be honest, waiting on my new Android but will be using the 3GS as a backup and it would be nice to have it working there.

  28. iPhone app can't open any of my files, that's pretty lame. I can browse everything.. just can't open them.

  29. @ALL

    We now have our new iOS app out in the app store! Many improvements such as iOS 3.0 compatibility, full iPad support (It rocks, trust me!), Printing, New Favorite feature etc etc.

  30. Just installed this on my iPhone. Nice to be able to access my files from anywhere and mail them out. Culd be a life saver. Thanks!

  31. What's happened to the latest iOS version?
    It now opens to log in, then promptly shuts down!

    I hope there's a fix coming soon.

  32. Version 1.2.42 crashes often. My only app that does this. Why would you not take proper care in testing before deploying?

  33. 1.2.42 Crashes every time I select a simple txt file.
    Then I need to login again!
    However without logging in it will still let me open the file (from it's cache) in Dropbox so I can view it – in plain text.
    Happy that it runs on Linux but it needs to work a bit better on iOS (iPod touch)

  34. 1.2.42 Crashes every time I select a simple txt file.
    Then I need to login again!
    However without logging in it will still let me open the file (from it's cache) in Dropbox so I can view it – in plain text.
    Happy that it runs on Linux but it needs to work a bit better on iOS (iPod touch)