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Amazon Cloud Drive Photos Android app gets auto-save and other new features

Amazon has updated its Cloud Drive Photos for Android app with a new feature that that will automatically save photos stored on a users' phone to Cloud Drive.

The web giant said that auto-save was the most highly requested feature from users since the app launched back in November. The latest version also includes some other key features, such as the ability to take photos directly from the app.

Users can also now select multiple files for upload, download or deletion, as well as view the status of an upload and download. There's also the option to pause, resume and cancel uploads and downloads. In addition, the latest version comes with improved storage monitoring, letting users view their current usage and receive low-storage notifications.

Cloud Drive Photos lets users securely store photos taken with their device in the Amazon Cloud for easy access. Users get 5GB of storage for free, before having to pay for additional storage. Prices for extra storage start at $10 (£6) a year for 20GB.

Once uploaded to the cloud, photos are available for access on Kindle Fire device, Android phone or tablet, or on the Web. Cloud Drive Photos for Android is available for download from the Amazon Appstore and Google Play.

Meanwhile, Amazon this week also had some good news for its mobile app developers. The company announced it is now providing developers with Adobe AIR native extensions, for free, to use with in-app purchasing and GameCircle APIs.

Those who create mobile games using Adobe's tools can use these extensions to quickly add in-app purchasing for virtual goods and GameCircle for leaderboards, achievements, and Whispersync for games. The new AIR native extensions are available now as part of the Amazon Mobile App SDK. Users will need AIR to use the extensions.