Dropbox + Softbank + Sony Ericsson = <3!

Posted by Jon Ying on May 31, 2011

Hi everyone! Two months ago, we kicked off our internationalization effort by launching Dropbox in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. The launch is off to an incredible start, and we’re happy to welcome our new users from all around the world.

But we’re not quite finished yet. All you international users will now have one more thing to cheer about– we’re excited to announce our very first partnership, with Sony Ericsson and Softbank!

Beginning today, Sony Ericsson will sell Dropbox-powered Android phones in ten countries including the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, and Italy. These phones include the shiny new Arc and Play. (Sorry Verizoners, we’re working on it!)

Also, starting in early June, Dropbox will come pre-installed on several Android phones for Softbank customers in Japan, including a brand new 3D phone from Sharp. But Softbank users get a special bonus– you’ll be getting an extra 1GB in addition to the 2GB you normally get from a free account!

With these partnerships, we hope to continue the awesome momentum of our internationalization effort by putting Dropbox in the hands of people around the globe. We hope to offer you more juicy mobile news in the future too!

Until then, how’s your Dropbox mobile app been treating you these days?

112 Comments to Dropbox + Softbank + Sony Ericsson = <3!

Wes Cook
May 31, 2011

“Dropbox will come pre-installed on several Android phones”

Sorry, but I can't support this sort of crap even if it's from a company I love.

RyanGB
May 31, 2011

3 questions:

If I get a softbank phone and use an existing account, would I still get an extra 1GB?
If I get a softbank phone and then terminate my account with softbank and never use them again, do I get to keep the 1GB?

How do I let softbank know which Dropbox account to add 1GB to? Is it any Dropbox account signed in to from a softbank phone?

Thanks!

Joshua Ochs
May 31, 2011

How's my Dropbox mobile app been treating me? Well, you asked for it. ;-)

Pretty poorly – still can't download or view images in full-resolution, only the shrunken 320×480 version. It worked on iOS app 1.2.2 (showing that it is indeed possible) and never again. Combine that with favorites that break and vanish if the original files are moved or renamed and lack of any organization capabilities, and it makes the iOS mobile client deeply inferior to the web site.

Predoo
May 31, 2011

now there are even on smartphones pre-installed apps.. that's exactly what i hate when i buy a windows pc..

BakaPhoenix
May 31, 2011

Why softbank user will get 1 gb free when sony ericson user will get nothing? just for curiosity, it's not a flame (i have a nexus one so i'm not even involved..)

Christian Augustin
May 31, 2011

Would be nice to have the Dropbox iPad App do real folder syncs – what are my 32 GByte good for if I have to be connected to the Internet all the time or can only “bookmark” single files? Give us a REAL Dropbox on the iPad!

Hannes
May 31, 2011

Amazing

Cameron Summerson
May 31, 2011

“Sony Ericsson will sell Dropbox-powered Android phones”

…what exactly does “Dropbox-powered” mean?

I heart dropbox!!!
May 31, 2011

Is our data safe with all the problems that Sony has been having????

Right?
May 31, 2011

What's in it for me as a customer?

Nels P. Highberg
May 31, 2011

I haven't used the app at all yet.  Since it doesn't allow a true sync, and I have an iPod Touch that is not always connected to the internet, the app is mostly useless for me.  I tested it once, and that's it.

Aki Lytsy
May 31, 2011

Is pre-installed same as un-unistallable?

I have a SE phone but branding is a NoNo even DropBox is a damn good service.

Kevin
May 31, 2011

I am curious about this as well.  Dropbox is not an OS.

Henrique Mattos
May 31, 2011

I'd love to know why I can't download dropbox for my Nokia N97 from Brazil. I don't care about translation or another free GB.. I'd just love to have the app available on Ovi Store on my phone… That's a shame!

Mac
May 31, 2011

get a mac

darrell
May 31, 2011

As much as I love Dropbox and promote it, I can't support this. I hate having apps preloaded on my phone. This is the problem with phones now, to many apps preloaded. The bad thing is that people tend to think of the preloaded apps as junk and so Dropbox will risk having themselves lumped into this category. 

I really wish you would rethink this.

I am morally opposed to preinstalled third party software, sorry guys. Still love Dropbox.

how's your Dropbox mobile app been treating you these days?

Great.  I use Dropbox with my Archos Android tablet.  And, occasionally, I'll work from someone else's PC.  My Documents from my PC are always there when I need them.  Keep up the good work Dropbox!

Adam
May 31, 2011

I have to agree. I love DropBox, but it becoming bloatware on devices just sucks. Maybe iCloud will replace DropBox for me after all. Looking forward to hearing what Apple has up their sleeves even more now.

Lsmisch
May 31, 2011

I really don't like that news. When i find something else, then goodbye dropbox..

Bouke van der Bijl
May 31, 2011

Oh come on, pre-installed? That's terrible
I hope you make it possible for users to remove it, even though I  love your service

Ma
May 31, 2011

Cool, can't wait to see Dropbox preinstalled on my new phone!

Alexandre Takacs
May 31, 2011

I guess you have to monetize your product but as others have mentioned I am very much AGAINST these sort of deal. And please don't bother to work with Sony Ericsson – worst of the worst company.

Bernd Robertz
May 31, 2011

Hopefully it will also come to Samsung Galaxy phones. But the app is also incredible. Using it already on SGS an Galaxy Tab.

AndroidFan
May 31, 2011

But maybe he wants a computer that isn't vastly overpriced for what it is (a label) and one that has hundreds of free applications?

Callum Booth
May 31, 2011

“How’s your Dropbox mobile app been treating you these days?”

Well seeing as I can't get one as I have an LG phone with their proprietary OS, I'm afraid I have to use the web interface, which is pretty poor in all honesty…

Dylan Mullins
May 31, 2011

It's really hard to delete apps I heard…….

Dylan Mullins
May 31, 2011

I think it's pretty obvious how silly of a question that is….

Dylan Mullins
May 31, 2011

It's not poor at all.

Eric Gregg
May 31, 2011

Mixed emotions. I hate bloatware and it really doesn't take that long to find the app and install it. On the other hand, it *is* one of the few things I always install as soon as I get a new phone or install a new OS. I suppose as long as it is still easy to remove I wouldn't have a big problem with it. The worst bloat is the kind that tries to make itself impossible to remove (I'm looking at you, CityID).

Congrats on the internationalization though!

Magni Ludvigsen
May 31, 2011

All apps that are pre-installed just screams “desperate” and low-end. Dropbox is very practically. Not offering anything special. But I like the app. Lucky I use HTC and they have decided to keep their Bootloader open, so death to all pre-apps.

I am in general against all commercialism. And Free apps that are preloaded onto Handsets are just a bad idea. It is limiting the competition and forcing unknowing users to stay with the apps they get for free from the start.

DropBox is a good app. It is easy to use but needs far better integration into Android OS.

wasim shaikh
May 31, 2011

I think it means, Android Powered + Dropbox pre Installed… so it will have the power of Dropbox :D

Varemenos
May 31, 2011

Ya root and all that scary stuff

Magni Ludvigsen
May 31, 2011

1. Build your own computer and get a Windows on the side.

2. Mac gives software with their OS the same way Microsoft does.

Those two companies are so much alike. Or maybe opposite sites of the same coin.

rootblock
May 31, 2011

So long as it's not pre-loaded as a system app, you'll be able to remove it.

Edit: without rooting.

(Which is doable by the phone's ROM creators)

F2kzj7wB
May 31, 2011

Wow. No one else seems exited.

mart-e
May 31, 2011

Haha I hope you are joking. Build your own computer and install Linux on it if you don't want to have pre-installed apps.

Usuario78
May 31, 2011

Fantastic it will be great when u arrive in latin america, still working hard

Svilen
May 31, 2011

One more vote for true sync on mobile Dropbox apps. Make it optional and selective (at folder level) but it should definitely be a feature of the app. Android user here.

Rickard_654
May 31, 2011

Sad if Dropbox starts to destroy is name like this, preinstalled software… I always say that there is a reason why they need to be preinstalled, and they are never good.

Great software is never preinstalled, cheap crap is preinstalled.

Cameron Summerson
May 31, 2011

Originally I thought this, too… but then the next paragraph states that Dropbox will come pre-installed on certain devices. If “Dropbox-powered” means the same thing, then the wording is quite confusing.

MasterJanks
May 31, 2011

I love dropbox and I will always install it on my phone. However, the only way I could condone having the manufacturer preinstall the app would be if they gave some extra space to everyone who purchased said phone. Otherwise you guys are no better than Bing. And thats low.

t3rminus
May 31, 2011

Hate to break it to you, but when I got a mac, it came with a bunch of pre-installed “bloatware” apps, like Microsoft Office and iWork 30-day trials.

There is no escape.

JBuzl
May 31, 2011

..and I thought Microsoft got it wrong buying Skype. Why is a quality product such as Dropbox (my favourite OS X and iOS app) in partnership with Sony Ericsson. What smartphone user has intentionally bought a Sony Ericsson in the last 5 years? This must be a sing that Apples iCloud really will be a competitor to Drobox :-(

t3rminus
May 31, 2011

Dropbox is getting into the hardware/mobile battery industry, and will be announcing “DropCharge” and “DropJuice” mobile products. The first is an internal battery for cell phones, utilizing proprietary power-syncing technology that ensures all your batteries are fully charged wherever you have an internet connection. The second is a software app for Windows/Mac/Linux that lets you share your laptop's power with your cellphone over the DropBox internet service.

So the phones will be literally “powered” by DropBox!

Graham Utton
May 31, 2011

I'm pretty sure dropbox staff will be reading these comments, so tell us, will users be able to uninstall this app if they don't want it on their phone?  It is after all, “their” phone, right?

Dan Palmer
May 31, 2011

People are complaining that this might be “bloatware” on phones, I am not convinced. Dropbox need to be careful to not let it become bloatware, but I think it could be a very good thing if done correctly. I would assume “Dropbox Powered” means something like the phone filesystem syncs to a Dropbox folder or something. I think this could be a great feature, as long as it isn't just used as a way to sell more premium plans.

Wtterfr
May 31, 2011

Oh, that really sucks. Dropbox is a good product, but nothing is more annoying than preinstalled software. People use Dropbox, why do you people think that they are to stupid to install it on their phones?

Such deals make Dropbox less trustful to me.

Romy
May 31, 2011

I agree with the majority of these commenters. Pre-installing will not do good things for Dropbox's reputation.  Everyone knows that pre-installed software is mostly just crap and deletes it as fast as possible.  Quality software does not come pre-installed and until now I have counted Dropbox in that category.

BrunoC
May 31, 2011

You're going to still having pre-installed apps, such as openoffice, firefox and suck like; or do you mean to install slackware ? 

I do think that pp hate not habing the option to remove a pre-installed app, just that.

TheCodeBenders
May 31, 2011

Bahaha, try deleting the preinstalled apps from VZW without root.  Then assuming you rooted and managed to delete them, no more OTA updates.  Your only option is to keep the bastards around in a frozen state using Titanium Backup as root.

Vedran Perendija
May 31, 2011

Najs guys! Exciting to see how it increases the userbase!

John Bradshaw
May 31, 2011

I don't have a problem with pre-installed apps as long as they're (wait for it) useful and fully functional.  In this case, people might argue the former as to how it fits into their daily routine, and we can all agree it is certainly the latter.

Artem Russakovskii
May 31, 2011

Maybe it means it'll have a special partition that syncs files to Dropbox out of the box?

Jacob Elder
May 31, 2011

If you read that headline as a numerical expression, it doesn't exactly sound like good news.

Jon
May 31, 2011

I have to agree with many people here, DropBox=Fantastic, Bloatware=Bad. 
I inherently hate anything that comes preinstalled. Slightly off topic, but what's the max space you can get for free in DropBox? I see referrals for sale on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/22079130… to get up to 16GB, is that the max?

JamesS
May 31, 2011

I wonder how much free space Apples icloud will give?
http://blogs.forbes.com/benzin

mart-e
May 31, 2011

It depends how hard core you want it to be ? With ubuntu you'll have lots of preinstalled apps (usually easily removable) but with, for example, archlinux, you won't have even a graphical interface after the installation (I don't know slackware but I think it's the same). And many different systems between the two.

But I agree pre installed apps suck (especially free trials) and should be avoided when necessary (or at least easily removable). That's great for dropbox but not so sure for the user…

Nnati
May 31, 2011

you can try iCloud right now!

Jon
May 31, 2011

Doh… that was supposed to be http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/22079130… Sorry! So if I do this, am I them maxed out or can I get more free space?

Alexey Donov
May 31, 2011

I think it will be making power level the same across all your devices. The level will be the one of the device which was turned on latest.

Smash
May 31, 2011

where? how?

Jon_Y
May 31, 2011

Hey all, 

It won't be difficult to uninstall the app if you don't want it pre-installed on your phone.

Ewx
May 31, 2011

If you wanna be “international”, how about not calling people who have CDMA phones “Verizoners”?

Simon J Stuart
May 31, 2011

This just means that my clients will be having me uninstall more bloatware from their Android phones as well as their PC/Mac laptops… lovely :|

There's no “end-user advantage” to having a product crammed down their throats! If the service on offer is good, it'll gain popularity (thus, users) organically. If a service cannot achieve that, then you're doing something WRONG (perhaps 50GB really is too much for most people, who would in fact prefer a 25GB option, for example)

That's my $9.99/month worth!

boo
May 31, 2011

not norway?
buuuuuh!

Chris Wright
May 31, 2011

You're complaining about pre-installed apps, and instead prefer a world where you have even less choices? Cause that's coherent…

Chris Wright
May 31, 2011

What if the service simply has better integration? What if it offers improved functionality because of a partnership?

Dave2007
May 31, 2011

So everyone knows what Dropbox is. Everyone uses Dropbox. Everyone installs Dropbox on a new device as soon as they get it but yet you're all opposed to having it pre-installed on phones. You're morons.

ariefbayu
May 31, 2011

“Until then, how’s your Dropbox mobile app been treating you these days?”
my experience with dropbox mobile are awesome. Most of the time, it's involved with:
* searching avatar for online site (I save all variant of my avatar on dropbox)
* searching pidgin chatlog for some important details (I have 5 years old of chatlog on dropbox)

alphadeltazero
May 31, 2011

I'm disappointed.

alphadeltazero
May 31, 2011

iCrap more like it. It's not even working properly.

Thomas
May 31, 2011

“Until then, how’s your Dropbox mobile app been treating you these days?”
Not that good, considering there isnt one (official) for Windows Phone… :-/

Leon Green
May 31, 2011

It's amazing how much people will complain if you give them something for free…

Jakub Głazik
May 31, 2011

Congratulations! Dropbox deserves it! :)

Brenton Poke
May 31, 2011

Choice does not equate to forced. In fact, it's the complete opposite. Now THAT's incoherent.

Chris Harber
May 31, 2011

Don't suppose there's any chance that iPhone Softbank users can get an extra GB too in celebration? ;)

Splitcliffhanger
June 1, 2011

i loveeeeeee dropbox.. cant do without it !!

Wade Aaron Inganamort
June 1, 2011

*how’s your Dropbox mobile app been treating you these days?*

Would be much better if I could purchase space for a one-time fee. Until then, it's just filled up with work stuff.

Eatmybinx
June 1, 2011

Yuck @ preinstalled software. Thumbs down sorry

Hemant Arya
June 1, 2011

Companies should not do anything to promote themselves. They should form no partnerships with other companies. They should not offer anything for free (read pre-installed apps) because that way they might reach people who have no clue what Dropbox is or how it works. They should always listen to people who have neagtive opinions about innovation and new ideas… Listen to them and we would have no ipads, no iphones, no android, no google, no nothing.

Chris
June 1, 2011

If iCloud will be part of iOS5 how is that NOT bloatware then and dropbox is?

Garry
June 1, 2011

Some say that crap software is preinstalled. Rubbish. Omni Outliner was preinstalled on my Mac around 6 years ago, but ceased being so soon after. These days you can preload a whole lot of apps you would never use in rom. Hardware is cheap, quit complaining and use what you need. Dropbox is growing, why not promote itself in the very best way, by being preinstalled, so people that have never tried it use it. I love using Dropbox and use it everyday. So so easy to share files amongst my computers.

MrMancunian
June 1, 2011

So, why would you offer people who need an extra push (partnership) improved functionality over the people who made you big and used Dropbox from the start?

Sound ungrateful to me…

Dev
June 1, 2011

“Until then, how’s your Dropbox mobile app been treating you these days?”

I hated the updated version (1.2+, IIRC) so much that I uninstalled it.

I now use GoodReader for iPhone to manage my DropBox files (via their web folders functionality) because that app gives me full control over my files and folders to upload/download, move, rename. The only feature it's missing is automatic shortlinks, but that's hardly a dealbreaker.

Kokszalami
June 1, 2011

zombiez likes icloud! Because it's shiny and apple :)

kannan
June 1, 2011

What makes you think Joshua doesn't have a premium account?

Francisco J. Lopez
June 1, 2011

I love dropbox. But becoming a part of the bloatware problem is not the way to go.

Yeah they will get more exposure but to al ot of us. Your threading the needle dropbox team.

Wtterfr
June 1, 2011

Some say that it is okay to preinstall the dropbox app because dropbox is cool. Yeah Dropbox is cool but I want it to be my choice to install apps. There are so many apps that can be considered cool because the majority of the people like them. But I DON'T want a Flashplayer, AdobeReader, some “fun” games, the kindle app, “weather app” and all that preinstalled. When one buys a Windows computer it already is a big hassle to get rid of all nonsense Software first. It just sucks. But with android phones it is worse than with windows, because there I can NOT uninstall most of them! And I am mad a Dropbox that they support that crap. Sorry, but if there is a good app I can install it by myself.

Martin Rutkowski
June 1, 2011

Please create a free windows phone APP!!!

Kocken
June 2, 2011

Uuughhh.. more insecurity FORCED on the user..

Erwin Mayer
June 2, 2011

Great news.
A small typo: “internalization”

None
June 2, 2011

“Until then, how’s your Dropbox mobile app been treating you these days?”

Badly as the is still no offline caching on android…

Trigger911
June 9, 2011

I think you Dropbox guys have no clue which route your going here.
As db is a pretty much technical service, users who want to use it install it already by themselves.
The worst business partners you can have is telco companies. If this service is installed by oem/ operator as a system service, you cannot delete it. You also cannot update by android market. If the oem/operator decides to stop your project, you will create a lot of frustrated customers with outdated, possibly not working apps. not sure if this is good for dropbox.

Luis Mendez
June 20, 2011

get linux :)

Bill Sodeman
June 22, 2011

Is Dropbox is taking web security tips from Sony?

Marcelo
June 28, 2011

What if im a softbank user and i sign up for dropbox, but how do i link my account to softbank so i can get extra 1G?

Akif
July 3, 2011

Woah Pretty Cool haan?

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July 5, 2011

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August 23, 2011

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September 27, 2011

I'm undecided about the Dropbox mobile app

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But we’re not quite finished yet. All you international users will
now have one more thing to cheer about– we’re excited to announce our
very first partnership, with Sony Ericsson and Softbank!
 

Mohsin Rza
August 29, 2012

i just start using drop box i really want to say thanks for such a service 

http://technologyfeed.net

Funkie Diaz
September 25, 2012

Beginning today, Sony Ericsson will sell Dropbox-powered Android
phones in ten countries including the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Australia,
and Italy. These phones include the shiny new Arc and Play. (Sorry
Verizoners, we’re working on it!)

http://www.webuygoldbk.com/

Thomasine
October 5, 2012

But we’re not quite finished yet. All you international users will now have one more thing to cheer about– we’re excited to announce our very first partnership, with Sony Ericsson and Softbank!