In August of last year we were treated to Y Combinatorâs Demo Day and the unveiling of Kicksend. Itâs an app, for your desktop or mobile phone, that lets you easily send files to any recipientâs email address or to your own desktop app. Today, that so-simple-that-mom-loves-it service gets a major upgrade to its mobile app.
According to CEO Pradeep Elankumaran, Kicksendâs new iOS app solves a few pain points, while saving you time. The first and arguably most important thing is that you can now send original-quality photos over 3G. Typically speaking, anything that you send over 3G is going to be compressed. While thatâs great for data savings, itâs not so hot when youâre trying to get the killer quality that some of our phones have today.
But what if you have a set of photos that you need to send? Previously, youâd have to queue up each one individually. Now, you can send up to 30 photos at a time in full quality, again over 3G or WiFi. Need to send multiple batches of files? You can do that too.
Of course there are options available within Kicksend to do photo compression if youâre so inclined. The team has taken a bit of time to finely tune those compression settings, however, so you should end up with better results than you might see from a native photo transfer via your phone.
âCouple all of these changes with the features from earlier, and we feel that we have the best way to send photos from the iPhone.â
Now, couple that powerful photo transfer ability with the fact that you can send any type of file to anyone and youâll better understand why Kicksend has caught our attention. You donât have to worry about getting a âfile too largeâ warning, or bogging down your recipientâs phone. Kicksend simply notifies them that they have files waiting, so they can download them at their leisure.
Kicksendâs free plan lets you send up to 1GB of files each month. If you want some additional transfer space, there are a few steps that you can take, such as adding friends or downloading the desktop app, which will top you off with a few hundred megabytes. Of course there are also monthly plans for $5, $10 and $20 which open extended transfer and storage limits, as well as adding some nifty features.
Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that Kicksend manages to do all of this while keeping a supremely simple interface. Thereâs a Mac desktop client, a Windows version thatâs available in beta, and an Android version of the app is already in progress. Sending files to someone who doesnât use Kicksend? No problem. Theyâll just get an email notification. Kicksend is that missing link for wireless, simple photo sharing that youâve needed but never had.
â¤ Kicksend, via the App Store