Wednesday, November 6, 2013

KitKat Storage Access Framework

Google (via Ole Begemann):

A new storage access framework makes it simple for users to browse and open documents, images, and other files across all of their their preferred document storage providers. A standard, easy-to-use UI lets users browse files and access recents in a consistent way across apps and providers.

Cloud or local storage services can participate in this ecosystem by implementing a new document provider class that encapsulates their services. The provider class includes all of the APIs needed to register the provider with the system and manage browsing, reading, and writing documents in the provider. The document provider can give users access to any remote or local data that can be represented as files — from text, photos, and wallpapers to video, audio, and more.

Seems like a great idea but one that we’ll probably never see built into iOS.

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It's not the same thing, but I'd love to be able to my OS X Server machine at home as a storage provider instead of Apple's own iCloud servers.

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