Android doc previews and search


Work better on Android with doc previews and smarter search


Published on August 10, 2014

More work happens on mobile phones today than ever before. That’s why we’re constantly working to make the Dropbox mobile app experience as fast, seamless, and efficient as possible — so teams can be super productive, no matter where they are. And with today’s new Android app release, we’ve added some exciting functionality to make that possible.

Doc previews

Instantly preview any Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or PDF in your Dropbox account, straight from your Android device. So instead of switching to another app to view a file, you can view it right from within Dropbox — complete with zooming and easy scrolling.

Smarter search

Dropbox for Business teams usually have a ton of files in their Dropbox accounts, so finding that one document you’re looking for isn’t always easy. That’s why we gave the search experience on Android a massive facelift — so you can get to your files even faster. Here’s what’s new:

  • Scoping of searches: Limit your search to either a specific folder or your entire Dropbox.

  • Track recent searches: Dropbox helps you stay organized by tracking your recent searches (both in a specific folder or your entire Dropbox).

  • Type-ahead suggestions: Save yourself a little bit of time or jog your memory with a list of real-time search suggestions as you type out your query.

  • Highlighting of search terms: To make sure you don’t miss a thing, Dropbox will highlight the letters within file or folder names as you type in your search.

This release also includes the ability to set view-only permissions on shared folders — available now for Dropbox for Business teams through our early access program — and more.

The new version of Dropbox for Android will be rolling out in the Play Store over the next several hours — or if you’ve signed up for early releases in your Android device settings, you can download it from your device notifications now. Enjoy that extra boost of productivity!