Like Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive, ESTmob’s Send Anywhere offers file sharing–but with a key difference. Instead of first saving files to cloud storage, Send Anywhere enables users to share content peer-to-peer between devices in real time.
Send Anywhere lets users share files by pairing two devices and using a temporary key confirmation, which means it requires no registration or login.
In an email, co-founder Suhyuk Kang told TechCrunch that Send Anywhere’s peer-to-peer sharing is faster than its competitors for sending many large files at once.
“Most people using multiple devices use them in the same local network, or in very close range. Why go through the cloud?” he explained. “Cloud servers are likely to be a very long distance from the user’s device. It’s slow, there are security concerns, and it’s expensive.”
Another potential competitor is WhatsApp and other messengers that allow photo- and video-sharing, but Kang says Send Anywhere preserves the quality of image files while letting users send large batches of data–more than 100 photos or 2GB of videos.
Send Anywhere’s next major update is remote access for registered devices, that will create a user experience closer to services like Dropbox while still bypassing the need for a cloud server.