Now, that’s what I call strengthening the partnership! Samsung and Microsoft have grown a lot closer in recent years, centered primarily around their cooperation in the cloud and mobile spaces.
The two giants reaffirmed this recently when the Korean company released its Note 20 smartphone.
And Samsung has now announced that it is terminating some of its mobile cloud services for Galaxy devices, and these will be replaced by new integrations with the OneDrive platform. These services include Gallery Sync, Drive, and Premium storage subscription.
All these abovementioned services will disappear on June 30, 2021.
However, other Samsung Cloud features like syncing Contacts, Calendar, and Notes will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future.
To help customers prepare for this sunsetting, the company will allow them to migrate their existing Gallery Sync and Drive data to OneDrive. That said, not all countries, service providers, and Galaxy devices will support this integration.
Customers will have the option to download their Samsung Cloud data to their personal storage until the above date, with the first phase of termination set to begin on October 5, 2020.
Samsung has put together a FAQ that you can check for more information on how this will proceed.
Big development this.
One that goes to show that while Samsung still feels that it is important to have its own apps and cloud services, it knows that providers like Microsoft remain much better at cloud services. Hence this ampliation of its strategic partnership with Redmond.