The official Dropbox for Android app was updated this afternoon, bringing with it a couple of features worth noting. For starters, a fancy new notification feed has been added for quickly accessing recent activity on your account. Users can now also send photos and videos to contacts right through the app, which actually requires a new permission for users to grant. To top it off, a new payment option for Pro users has been added in, so you will also see a new permission request for the app to use your camera. (more…)
Box for Android, the other mega-cloud storage option, received a sizable update this morning that introduces all sorts of new features and improvements. In terms of cloud storage apps, you essentially have Drive, Dropbox, and Box, in my opinion. Those are the top three, but with this update, Box continues to show that it’s going to continue to play ball. (more…)
Dropbox announced today that it has released its Dropbox Sync API to mobile developers, including those who make beautiful apps for Android. With this new Sync API, devs will be able work with Dropbox as if it were a local filesystem, with Dropbox taking care of the background tasks to help make the experience for users seamless across multiple platforms. The goal here is to allow the API to take care of the complexity behind syncing, caching and working offline, so that devs can focus on building great apps.
While I’m no developer, and talk of APIs is above my pay grade, I’m always excited to hear that Dropbox support has become easier for developers to integrate into their apps. In the past, from the sounds of it, writing code to include Dropbox syncing was a mess. In fact, the Dropbox team mentioned that the Squarespace Note developer was able to cut his Dropbox code in half after switching over to this new API.
Oh yeah, Mediafire has finally come to Android. One of the web’s best storage lockers, and one that we use quite often to host files, has arrived with what should be considered a decent offering for a first release. To manage your free 50GB of storage, Mediafire has given us an app that allows you to upload, download, move, share and manipulate your files with. The only thing I’m seeing that’s missing at this point, is the ability to batch move or delete, otherwise it’s not half bad. (more…)
Recently, Dropbox and Flipboard received updates for Android users. Inside, Flipboard now supports Android 4.2′s Day Dream feature, allowing for stories to be posted right on your screen saver. For Dropbox, there are better photo sharing settings, as well as improvements to the user interface, which is always welcomed. (more…)
Last night, the Dropbox team released a public beta of their new 18.104.22.168 build for users to provide feedback on. Inside the beta are some UI improvements, a multiple photo delete feature, and a “favorites” feature. If you’re big into Dropbox, it’s pretty smooth. Check out the full changelog and download the beta below. (more…)
I love Box. The app. Mind out of the gutter, people, I’m talking about the cloud storage app, which was just updated for Android. In version 2.0, users can preview items from within the app, so you no longer have to exit to a 3rd party application to see what you are working with. This new version supports 75 different file types of previews including Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, Photoshop files, and PDFs.
Along with new previews, the Box team tossed in offline folders, so that as you venture into the desert looking for Thunderdome, you’ll have access to all of your files. There is a transfer manager to help keep track of file transfers as well, plus the ability to click on Box links in an email or webpage and load up the Box app, rather than the browser.
It’s a solid update to one of our favorite cloud storage services.
Once again, Dropbox has teamed up with an OEM to offer a large amount of storage just for purchasing a device. This time, Samsung has promised future owners of the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Camera will get 50GB of storage at their disposal. This is especially enticing for owners of the camera having a huge space to immediately put all of your photos.
Only question is now: which of the carriers will actually let this deal stand? We have seen Verizon be extremely resistant to offers like this in the past, maybe we’ll see a change this time around?