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New Dropbox Beta Released – Instant Camera Upload Feature, Free 500MB of Extra Space, and No More File Size Limits

  

The Dropbox team released a new beta version of their Android app last night, bringing with it a handful of features that you will enjoy. The first and most important is the instant uploading of camera photos. You can set the app up to either upload everything you have taken in the past or just the new stuff going forward. Once you upload your first camera shot though, they’ll tack on another 500MB of storage to your account. They also removed the file limit size for uploads, opening your Dropbox world to all sorts of new possibilities.

The rest of the changes:

  • Automatically uploads photos and videos in the background using Wi-Fi or data plan
  • 500MB of free space on first photo uploaded automatically
  • Upload files of any size (no more 180 MB limit!)
  • Support for resuming file uploads when there are network issues
  • Various performance improvements & bug fixes

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  • Anonymous

    Been using dropsync, now I’m using the beta thanks to DL. Log me some update goodness. As long as I have an android phone I’ll be on this site daily.

  • Anonymous

    This is the balls.  I’ve been using a half-baked ‘download from G+ ‘ method to get my pictures on my desktop – this now gets me the full pure .jpg file with 2 clicks.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not big on the instant upload trend.  Too much potential for uploading unwanted pictures.

    I’d rather have a setting in the camera.apk that toggles for instant upload– just like storing your location in the picture.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. I take a lot of pictures that I then crop and make edits to on my phone before considering them “finalized.” I really don’t need every photo I take to be uploaded.

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    I installed the new beta and uploaded some photos (using the instant upload camera – I just took a few pics around the house and Dropbox uploaded them automatically in the background). However, I didn’t receive any additional storage space. I’m still stuck at 5.88gb. Any ideas?

    • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

      Same thing here, only stuck at my (lower) max of 3.75. Hasn’t increased yet, and instant upload stopped automatically because I was at 99%.

      • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

        Ok, it took it a minute, but it finally updated! I now have over 6.3GB of free storage!

        • Josh Groff

           I have 54 GB free, I believe from a Sense 3.5 ROM. (+50 and 2GB from recommendations or something like that) One of the many reasons I love my Sensation.

          • Jeff Badger

            Yes, if I remember correctly, your 50GB from Sense is only good for one year. It’s not unlimited like Box’s offer is.

          • Josh Groff

            That is correct, but Sense 4.0′s deal should either extend or make it permanent (hoping on permanent, but a 1 year extension would be fine by me.) Also, my G2X got me the box storage, but I rarely use it (not really that great of a service imo.)

  • Anonymous

    I love Dropbox but my biggest gripe has always been the upload speed is just terrible.  

    • Van Hicks, Jr

      My upload speed is great. Might just be on your end.

      • Anonymous

        I wish that were the case. The phone is ok, more so the PC, and my 30/5 internet is fine and uploads everywhere else just fine. No way it should take over 5 mins for an 80mb file. Maybe it’s just where my account is over there. 

        • Van Hicks, Jr

          Oh, wow, lol. I was thinking more about pictures.

        • http://www.facebook.com/plattrob Rob Platt

          right click on your dropbox icon, in your system tray, and check that your upload speed is not limited (default)

          • Anonymous

            First thing I did. Not really that big a deal, It runs in the background anyway. Still love DB

  • EC8CH

    stick figure photo is funny

  • http://www.facebook.com/mathew.collins Mat Collins

    Exactly what I’ve been waiting for!!!  Thanks Dropbox!

  • Anonymous

    OK cool – I wasn’t sure if keeping it on auto was somehow part of the deal…   I wonder if you can keep uploading pics, to expand the storage to 5GB, and then delete a few gigs to keep open for other files???

    • John

      Yep, you can. The devs have stated (yesterday on desktop beta client post) that the your expanded storage space will stay.

      • Anonymous

        That is great, thanks!  Now I can start recording long masturbation videos in the highest resolution to bloat that baby up

        • John

          Whatever floats your boat man  ;)

          • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

            I plan to record videos (although not masturbation videos [that's weird]) to use up the extra 5GB storage space. I should have over 10GB when it’s all said and done!

          • Josh Groff

             This ^ an extra 5GB would be great to have, and I hope everyone makes use of it. Dropbox FTW.

          • Anonymous

            you sure you don’t want the link??  Everyone likes gory vids once in a while – this will be bloody & gruesome I promise.  Just hammering away at it like it owes me money.  Plus you might learn a trick or two… Just a friendly offer

          • Anonymous

            I just learned that you can simply copy any movie or big video file (even avi) to your DCIM folder, and DB should grab it right away…(after adjusting your upload settings to allow for large files)

            I’m still making videos for you though…

  • Anonymous

    anyone know if you can shut the auto upload off after receiving the free 500mb?

    • John

      Yes. It’s in the settings

  • Anonymous

    Actually it’s 5gb of free space, you just have to upload the 5gb to get it.
    http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=53013

    • Tseug

      Can you explain this a little more?  Do I need to upload 5gb worth of files through the desktop client to receive an additional 5gb on my account?

      • Josh Groff

         It looks like from your phone, but some clarity would be nice.

      • Anonymous

        You can upload from either the Android or desktop clients and they both count towards the 5gb. But you only get 5gb total, not 5gb per client.

    • JSK

      I didnt even know about the 5GB on the desktop (they have clarified upping from either client still only counts towards the first 5GB).  Guess I am going home to upload some MKV files later on.

  • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

    Anyone successfully get this set up w/ Android and Windows 7? I’m having issues…Galaxy Nexus.

    • John

      Yep. Works fine here.

      If you’re using the desktop client, make sure your phone is unlocked before you hook up the USB – so it can scan your “sd card” partition for pics/vids.

      If you’re using the apk that was just released today, it’s been working flawlessly for me =/

      • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

        Ah got it. Installed the new desktop client yesterday but didn’t update w/ the new APK. Works like a charm!

    • Anonymous

      I can’t get mine to work. I enabled auto play, have the updated APK, and updated dropbox to the beta, but auto play isn’t popping up.