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Dropcam app comes to Android, lets you monitor your security cameras from afar

Dropcam app comes to Android, lets you monitor your security cameras from afar
Donald Melanson
Donald Melanson|@donmelanson|February 3, 2011 1:30 AM
iPhone users have been able to keep watch on their Dropcam security cameras from the convenience of a dedicated app since the Dropcam Echo launched last summer, but Android users have unfortunately been left with no other option than to simply use the standard, less-than-mobile-friendly web interface. The company's now finally corrected that oversight, however, and released a full-fledged app for Android smartphones running Android 2.2 or higher. The key advantage with a Dropcam setup -- as we noted in our review of the camera itself -- is that it's entirely cloud-based, and doesn't need to be connected to your home computer to record or share video (unfortunately, that convenience comes at quite a cost). As for the Android app, it will let you receive things like motion and audio alerts, and of course let you check in on a live stream or access recordings -- those just looking try the service can also simply access some public webcams to test it out.
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Dropcam Brings its Video Streams to Android Smartphones

Cloud-cam service leader delivers unmatched video intelligence for
users on the go

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., February 2, 2011 – Dropcam, the trendsetter in
intelligent wi-fi cameras and personal video streaming services, today
announced the availability of the Dropcam App on the Android
Marketplace. This free app allows Android smartphone users to access
their Dropcam cameras and keep a watchful eye on what they care about
and never miss a moment. With the debut of its second mobile app,
Dropcam continues its rise as an agent of change at the intersection
of video, data and the cloud.

Peace of Mind on the Go

With the Dropcam Android App you can:

● Stream Live Video: Your Dropcam cloud-based cameras stream
secure, uninterrupted live video that let you see every single minute
of action. With the app, you can watch your video streams or friends'
Dropcam camera streams. Get live, smooth video playback on Wi-Fi, 3G
and 4G.

● Receive Instant Activity Alerts: The Dropcam system is so
intelligent it uses motion and audio detection to identify and capture
activity 'Events'. These activities are displayed as a snapshot on
your video timeline so you can check in immediately to see what's
happening. Using the Android app, quickly set up automatic email
alerts to get instant notices for motion and noise event detection.

● Access Dropcam DVR: The Dropcam DVR captures every second of
what your camera sees and stores that video online for up to 30 days.
DVR controls let you playback previously recorded events from your
personal video stream. You can also download video clips to archive
footage permanently.

To see these features in action, please check out a video of our
Android app here: http://www.dropcam.com/android.

"It's easy for anyone to be up and running with a Dropcam system in
minutes, and once installed, our users have the freedom to keep tabs
on the things they care about from anywhere, any time," said Greg
Duffy, CEO of Dropcam. "We designed our intelligent 'cloud-cam' and
video services with the internet in mind from the beginning. We're
thrilled that our newest app extends the Dropcam experience to Android
users and further confirms Dropcam as a pioneer in video data analysis
and streaming."

The Dropcam Android App is available on the Google Nexus One, Samsung
Vibrant (Galaxy S), Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, HTC Droid
Incredible, HTC EVO 4G, and other Android 2.2 (Froyo) devices.
Download Dropcam from the Android Marketplace today at

Never Miss an Important Moment

Dropcam is the easiest way to use video to check in on the things you
care about from anywhere, any time, on any device. After setting up
one or more Dropcam cloud-cams, the cameras' secure video feed is
accessible from a PC, iPhone or Android smartphone so you can check-in
any time. Dropcam users effortlessly keep an eye on their homes, kids,
pets, the nanny, the office, vehicles in the garage, a second home,
and everything else they care about.

Dropcam's DVR features include cutting-edge data analysis, motion and
audio sensing capabilities and instant email and push alerts - making
it effortless for users to never miss an important moment. Users also
have the option to continually record up to 30 days of
minute-by-minute video. Video feeds from a Dropcam camera can be
safely and privately shared with friends and family, or made fully
public for everyone to watch.

The Dropcam Original ($199) and The Dropcam Echo ($279) cloud-cams are
available on www.dropcam.com. Dropcam's live streaming video service
is free; Dropcam DVR plans begin at $8.95 per month.

About Dropcam

Dropcam, Inc. is an agent of change at the intersection of video, data
and the cloud. Its suite of products include intelligent video
hardware and services that make it easy for users to check in on the
things they care about from anywhere on any device. Dropcam currently
offers two wi-fi video cameras, The Dropcam Original (video-only) and
The Dropcam Echo (video and audio). Dropcam also offers Dropcam DVR, a
proprietary cloud-based service with cutting-edge data analysis
capabilities created so that users never miss an important moment.
Angel-funded Dropcam was founded in 2009 and is based in San
Francisco. The Dropcam iPhone App is available in the iTunes Store,
itunes.com/apps/Dropcam. The Dropcam Android App is available on the
Android Marketplace, http://market.android.com/details?id=air.dropcam.
To learn more, please visit www.dropcam.com, watch our demo videos on
YouTube: www.youtube.com/dropcam, like us on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/pages/Dropcam/103689049317 and follow us on Twitter
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