File sharing through a cloud service has made it in many ways easier to get access to files from friends and family. Services like Dropbox and SimpleNote allow your device (whether computer or mobile gadget) to sync to a folder stored in the cloud service and access it, even though you created that folder using, for example, your tablet. There are times, however, when it’s not possible to always rely on a cloud service for file access between devices. It happens most notably when you don’t have any Wi-Fi connections available in your current environment. In order to bridge this gap, Leef Technology has introduced Bridge, a USB flash drive that allows local file sharing between Android smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Leef Technology’s Bridge possesses a unique design that allows the sharing of files between smartphones and computers without the need of a USB cable. The Bridge is a USB flash drive that has both a micro-USB connector and a normal-sized USB port. These two ports are managed by a slide-and-lock design that allows users to switch seamlessly from the micro-USB port to the standard size USB port. The drive’s internal storage has three storage options available for consumers: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB (which is not out yet but will be released sometime this month). Read, write and playback speeds for the drive is enough for satisfactory file sharing and music and video playback.
As far as compatibility goes, the Leef Bridge works with Android phones with systems operating on Jelly Bean OS 4.1 or higher. It’s also compatible with micro-USB connectors that are configured as USB On-the-Go (USB OTG). On the software side of things, Leef Technology has partnered with Metago and is providing a file manager app called ASTRO File Manager that aims to offer users easy file sharing and integration.
The Leef Technology Bridge USB flash drive is available for purchase on Leef’s official website and Amazon.com. The prices for the different storage capacities are as follows: $17.99 for the 16 GB version and $28.99 for the 32 GB version. There are no prices available for the 64 GB version right now, since it has not yet been introduced to the market. In addition to availability in the U.S. market, the Leef Bridge can also be purchased through select retailers in a couple of markets, three of which are Russia, Asia, and Central Europe.