Dropcam, the maker of the Echo network camera system for iOS , has added the same functionality of its iOS app, including receiving instant activity alerts, to Android handsets.
Users can view the live feed that includes audio or recorded videos if they sign up for a monthly service plan, which starts at $9 per month, from their Android 2.2-equipped smartphones. This includes the Google Nexus One, Samsung Vibrant, Motorola Droid and Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible and EVO 4G, and others. Viewing works over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.
A DVR function with the paid service will let users save videos for up to 30 days. Clips can be saved permanently by getting them e-mailed as well. All recordings are saved in the cloud, on Dropcam’s servers. As such, they can be shared with friends and family or made entirely public.
Dropcam sells two models of cams: the Dropcam Original ($199), which is video-only, and the Dropcam Echo ($279), which adds audio. There are no additional fees if you simply want to view live video. For $8.95 per month, you can record video and get notifications when the camera detects movement.