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Box.net packages up an update for their Android app

If you’re like me, you like having a presence in the cloud for emergency storage. I keep all my writing tied to a Dropbox account, just in case an emergency happens; it’s especially useful when I need to pull a resume out on-the-spot and all I have access to is a computer.

We’ve covered cloud apps like Dropbox and Zumodrive before, and I’ll let you know about one more;  Box.net is a service that until now, has catered to small-to-medium businesses. After releasing its Android app earlier this year, Box.net announced that they’d be offering a staggering 5gb of cloud space to their free account holders. This is more than double the 2gb (before the 250mb/referral bonus kicks in) that Dropbox offers, and is generally a good deal.

In more recent news, however, Box’s updated their Android app as of 9AM Pacific this morning, adding two major features: the ability to “go into your native photo, video and audio apps  to choose existing content that you’d like to upload” and allowing users to create content straight from the phone’s camera or microphone, adding it to their cloud account straight after. While these don’t seem like huge updates, Box is looking for the smooth factor with their app: they want you to be able to jump into a camera from the application’s home screen, then snap right back to it after in order to upload your creation.

Also included is some stability issues, but that can be assumed with every major update, right?

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Matt Demers hasn’t written for Droid-Life in awhile, but he’s glad to be back. You can follow him on Twitter at @mattdemers and find his work at MattDemers.com.

  • Windexh8er

    Box.net isn't even comparable to Dropbox. The best part is they say they “take security seriously” yet you can't get secure file transfer OR encryption at rest with Box.net unless you have an enterprise account. I don't trust any of these fly-by-night places that pop up. Dropbox has been around for considerably longer and has been proven. I would not recommend Box.net unless you're uploading TrueCrypt volumes or data that is already heavily encrypted.

  • Beka27

    I'm actually liking this one more than Dropbox! Very nice! Thanks!

    • Beka27

      Dropbox was kind of a pain to set up initally. With this, I had files on my phone in about 20 seconds. I'm all for simplicity!

  • obsidiangt

    Permissions require Read Owner Data? No thanks… developers need to learn to respect privacy.

  • Dropbox >>> Box.net. It's not even close.

  • Fun_co86

    Should also check out pogo plug. Its similar to dropbox, but you provide the HDD and internet connection. However that way it lets you transfer unlimited data. Haven t got it yet, but may be worth while checking out.

  • Beka27

    I've gotta ask because I'm seeing this everywhere and I must have missed it. What are you using to scan the barcodes to download? Is it an app?

    • ike

      search barcode scanner in the market

      • Beka27

        THANKS! Don't know how I've missed this!

  • What phone is that?

  • r.l.schmidt1

    SugarSync is a good alternative to use to Box.net. It doesn't carry the upload size limit just like Dropbox but still gives you the 5gb size. It's ability to email attachments to upload is quite handy as well.

  • John

    Does box.net let you shre files like DB does?

  • I think I will use both for a total of 7 free gigs!

    • The350zWolf

      I like your thinking! ;^)

  • Jeremy Gentry

    this is why android was built on linux

    who | grep -i blonde | date;cd-; unzip; touch; finger; mount; gasp; yes; uptime; unmount; sleep

    • John

      why i like linux:

      unzip, strip, touch, finger, grep, mount, fsck, more, yes,fsck,fsck,fsck,umount, sleep


  • So is it time for a feature-set show-down? I am on the fence about which might fit what need better. How easy is it to get my data off and other questions.

  • Jb


  • Michael_NM

    Thank God! Droid Life is alive again!

  • which do you prefer? box or dropbox?