MWC 2013: 1 bn files being uploaded to Dropbox per day, says CEO

Dropbox's CEO, Drew Houston, yesterday revealed that 100 million files are uploaded to Dropbox every day. Such a figure, if true, makes the cloud storage service the largest in the world. To help you wrap your head around this figure, here’s a piece of trivia—more files are saved on Dropbox than tweets are sent out daily.

During a speech at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Houston said these 100 million users tapped into Dropbox with 500 million devices. The company expects 150 million more devices to connect this year.

When Dropbox first started offering cloud storage, you could sync your data between PCs, but smartphones and tablets slowly joined the ranks, making data transfer smoother between a range of devices.

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Houston pitched partnership opportunities to mobile carriers and device manufacturers at MWC, hinting that bigger and better things are coming to Dropbox. He said that there was an “untapped opportunity” for carriers and mentioned a family plan as a possibility. "We can tie a family together in a way that's broader than just a billing relationship," Houston said.

Dropbox has earned its place as one of the largest cloud storage services, against biggies like Google’s Drive, Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. It's rumoured the company may go public sometime this year, and a Quartz report pegs Dropbox’s value at $4 million.

This does not mean Dropbox is taking time off while it’s still ahead of the game. Earlier this month, the service updated its iOS and Android apps with a couple of new features. The update enables the app to send you a push notification each time someone shares a folder with you. In addition, you can now sort  through files according to the date they were modified.

The service also released a new API for iOS and Android that lets developers better incorporate Dropbox's syncing, caching and file management abilities into their apps. Called Sync API, it allows apps to manage file syncing, caching, offline access and track changes as if the files were stored locally. The company says this API will be like having a private version of Dropbox built right into a third-party app. Because the Sync API caches locally, your app works even without an Internet connection. Dropbox says it will sync files when the app has access to the Internet.

Published Date: Feb 28, 2013 12:35 pm | Updated Date: Feb 28, 2013 12:35 pm