Android

Live from DBX

Posted by Drew and Arash on July 09, 2013
Android, API, Dropbox, Mobile, News / 32 Comments

We’re so excited this morning to kick off DBX, our first developer conference. Fort Mason is buzzing with energy from our incredible community of developers, designers, and partners. Back in 2007, when it was just the two of us coding in an apartment, we never imagined that six years later there’d be over 175 million people using Dropbox and more than a billion files synced each day.

We’re proud that Dropbox has become the home for millions of people’s most important stuff. So we want to be sure that stuff is always available, no matter if you’re on your laptop at work, a tablet on a plane, or a smartphone on the bus. 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.

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That’s why we’ve designed the Dropbox Platform to be the best foundation to connect the world’s apps, devices, and services. We started with the Sync API, which let developers take advantage of the file syncing technology that took us years to get right. And today, we’re announcing a suite of tools that fundamentally simplifies how developers can build across devices and platforms.

Dropbox Platform

The Datastore API

It’s a challenge for developers to provide an amazing user experience across many different platforms and devices. Our Sync and Core APIs already take care of syncing files and folders, but as people use mobile apps more and more, a lot of their stuff doesn’t really look like a file at all. It could be anything — settings, contacts, to-do list items, or the latest doodle you drew.

Datastore API

With the Datastore API, we’re moving beyond files and providing a new model for effortlessly storing and syncing app data. When you use an app built with datastores your data will be up-to-date across all devices whether you’re online or offline. Imagine a task-tracking app that works on both your iPhone and the web. If it’s built with the Datastore API, you can check off items from your phone during a cross-country flight and add new tasks from your computer and Dropbox will make sure the changes don’t clobber each other.

Drop-ins: Chooser and Saver

Drop-ins let developers connect to hundreds of millions of Dropboxes with just a few lines of code. The Chooser gives people access to the files in their Dropbox from web and mobile apps, and the Saver makes saving files to Dropbox one-click simple. You can already see them in action in Yahoo! Mail, Shutterstock, and Mailbox!

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We’re putting the finishing touches on this post as Drew is about to walk out on stage and announce this news. If you couldn’t make it today, we’ll be posting videos of the keynote and other sessions as well as updated developer documentation at www.dropbox.com/developers.

We can’t wait to see what we build together.

 

Dropbox for Android: Share photos in a snap!

Posted by Tony Grue on January 11, 2013
Android, Dropbox, Mobile / 85 Comments

We’ve just launched a nifty little update for Dropbox on your Android devices that makes it super easy to share collections of photos with friends and family.

Organize and share photos and videos with albums.
 

Choose your favorite photos and videos from family gatherings, show off the amazing soufflé you created with friends, or highlight your mad snowboarding skills with gorgeous albums that everyone can enjoy from their computers, tablets or phones – no Dropbox account required!

Just tap the share button to select the photos you want to share

 

From the Photos tab, tap the button on the top right, and select the pictures you want to share. You can add them to a named album to save for later, or just grab the link to share via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Get the update now on the Google Play Store, and have a blast sharing your photos and videos with friends and family!

Dropbox for Android: now starring your photos!

Posted by Tony Grue on October 11, 2012
Android, Dropbox, Mobile, Photos / 20 Comments

Just in case our announcement earlier this week wasn’t enough, we’ve got some more photos magic ready for you!

We’ve created a new photos gallery in our Dropbox Android app that puts your pictures front and center and displays them beautifully. Now it’s even easier to flip through all of the photos you’ve automatically uploaded to Dropbox and share them in a snap! And since our Camera Upload feature lets you gather all your photos in one spot, you’ll even see pictures you’ve taken with other cameras. Check it out:

 

 

With this update, all of your awesome memories are just a tap away on your Android phone and easier to view, browse, and share. So, go download the latest version of Dropbox for Android and enjoy!

Dropbox for Android, 2.0!

Posted by Android Team on December 22, 2011
Android, Dropbox, Mobile, News / 201 Comments

We’re really excited to announce version 2.0 of our Android app! It’s completely redesigned and includes a ton of new features!

Some highlights of this release:

  • Favorites: Want to make sure a file is always on your phone? Star it for quick offline access.
  • Bulk upload: No need to upload files one at a time. Select multiple photos and videos to be uploaded in the background.
  • File renaming: Simple as it sounds – files and folders can now be renamed.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich support: Optimized for the newest and tastiest Android release yet: Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Single-tap access to actions: All file and folder actions are available from a single tap.
  • Lots of others: Improved gallery view, export to (and upload from) local storage, as well as numerous bug fixes and stability improvements

Thanks to all of our forum users who helped us test the build earlier this week.

Download the Dropbox 2.0 app from the Android Market.

While you’re waiting, check out the eye candy below!