Reports from the Wall Street Journal have hatched many stories across the Internet regarding Google’s up and coming launch of a cloud storage based system that would compete with and most likely try to dominate the competition. The service from Google is called, “Drive” and those close to the project say that it will be free for everyone unless if you want bigger online storage.
Drive is “expected” to launch in the coming weeks or months according to WSJ. Many have been comparing the new service to Dropbox or Box, but there are no official details as to whether or not this is exactly true. Some reports state Drive is a way for users to upload media/documents to the cloud, then share it across any other platform they see fit. Others have it pegged along the lines of tying in more with Google+ and Search, plus Your World. If reports from WSJ are correct, then maybe we will find out fairly soon.
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
Via: Google+, Dropbox
Box and it’s cloud storage service is apparently running some sort of free 50GB upgrade for owners of the Sony Xperia Play and various LG phones through the end of the year (yep, just 3 days left). Why we aren’t see it for every Android phone is beyond me, but Sony and LG likely struck some sort of deal to make their devices look more appealing. If you don’t own either though, you can get the 50GB thanks to a handy little app created by developer redphx. Previous attempts to get devices the free space were limited to rooted phones and forced you to edit your build.prop, but this new app allows you to get it by simply signing into your Box account.
*Note – One of the permissions does include Internet Access which may scare some of you since you are using your account login to get the deal. The developer assures us that “no email or password is stored,” but how can you really tell? Proceed with caution. I can say that my account does indeed have 50GB of storage now after using this app though.
*Note 2 – As reader ksat has mentioned, a simple password change in your Box.net account should ease your concerns after using this app.
The Dropbox team released the latest version of their Android app today that has been optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich. While seeing “ICS” attached to an update is all the rage these days, that is definitely not all that went into this build. The list of improvements is major, and includes bulk uploads of videos and pictures, renaming of folders and files, an improved gallery view, uploading from local storage and more. Yeah, it’s impressive. (more…)
HTC has announced via Facebook that through their new partnership with Dropbox, all future Android devices of theirs will come with 5GB of free storage. Normal free Dropbox accounts only come with 2GB, so this is a nice boost to anyone that plans on buying an HTC phone in the near future, like say the Rezound on November 10. No word on if they will give current HTC handset owners the 5GB bonus.
In addition to the free 2GB of storage that users receive when signing up for popular cloud storage service Dropbox, owners of new HTC Sense 3.5 devices – like the Rhyme – will get an additional 3GB for free. There are a variety of cloud services tied to other operating systems and phones, so this newly formed partnership between Dropbox and HTC simply makes sense. While it’s not the 25GB that Windows Phone 7 users get with Skydrive, it’s at least a step in the right direction. Our lives are revolving more and more around cloud storage these days; it’s about time an Android phone manufacturer did something on this front.
And not that we have confirmation on this, but it’s pretty unlikely that older phones like the Thunderbolt or Incredible 2 will receive this added bonus or Sense 3.5. HTC definitely hasn’t show that it is the type of company to work backwards with its Sense skin. The funny thing is, Sense 3.5 is clearly able to run on lower-end phones (single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, etc), but will likely only see it on new phones going forward.
Via: Pocket Lint
So we just got turned on to this sweet little photo uploading app called DropSnap, thanks our boy MrPicolas who found this in the market yesterday. The idea of the app is simple, but man is it something we’ve been waiting for as cloud sharing addicts. DropSnap allows you to automatically upload photos from your device straight to your DropBox account. By selecting a directory to monitor, DS knows almost instantly when you have taken or added a new photo and will then toss it straight up to DropBox. You can set up syncing options and times, notifications on uploads, and choose where you want the photos to go. We should point out that the automatic syncing comes with an in-app purchase of $3.99 though – without the upgrade it will simply notify you of new items to upload. (more…)