Nishtha KanalJul 10, 2013 10:16:50 IST
Dropbox kicked off its first developer conference, DBX, yesterday and made a bunch of new announcements about the service and its future plans.
The headline, of course, is that Dropbox is now serving over 175 million people. Only last November, Dropbox had announced that it had hit 100 million users and less than a year later, there has been a 75 percent increase in the user base. The cloud storage service has also announced that it is saving a billion files a day now.
Working towards making sync better
Dropbox has announced that it plans to ensure users get access to their files on Dropbox, no matter where you are and which device you’re using. “Keeping devices and apps synced with your most up-to-date info has gone from ‘nice-to-have’ to essential, which creates a real challenge for the people developing apps,” the team wrote in its blog. To ensure this, Dropbox has announced a new product called Dropbox Platform which will pretty much try and replace the hard drive of your PCs. It will make use of the Sync API which lets developers take advantage of the simple syncing Dropbox offers.
Dropbox is also introducing the concept of 'Drop-Ins' which lets developers connect millions of Dropboxes with merely a few lines of codes. It consists of two options – Chooser and Saver. Chooser gives users access to files in Dropbox from web and mobile apps, while Saver makes it easy for you to save files with a single click. There is also the Datastore API that will sync app data. When you use an app built with the datastores, your data will be up-to-date across all devices, whether you’re online or offline.
Atatch Dropbox files from Yahoo Mail for Android
At DBX, Dropbox also announced that the much-loved Dropbox integration on Yahoo Mail for web will be making its way to the Android version of the application too. Yahoo received Dropbox integration back in April, using which you could attach files from your Dropobox straight into a mail. You will now be able to attach these files when you’re composing mails from Yahoo Mail on your Android devices too. You can grab the latest version of Yahoo Mail for Android from the Google Play Store.
Mailbox gets Dropbox integration too
The service’s newest acquisition, Mailbox, too has received the cloud service’s integration. Now the app lets you attach files from your Dropbox account into your mails. You can send files, photos and more simply by tapping on the paperclip icon within the application. You can download Mail for iOS from the App Store.
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