Competition between cloud storage providers to win the hearts of mobile device users has been really heating-up lately. Earlier this month we heard about Google’s interest in joining the fray, and just yesterday we learned of Box significantly increasing the amount of free storage accessible by its Android users. As for Dropbox, we learned a few weeks ago about a new beta version undergoing testing for Android. Today the company formally introduces that new version, and talks about bringing the same features to the iOS edition.
The big deal with this new Dropbox is that the app can now automatically upload pictures taken with your phone to the company’s servers. If you’re vacationing, a lost phone midway through your trip might no longer mean also losing all the pictures you’ve already taken, so long as your phone has access to a WiFi or cellular data connection to keep things synced.
You won’t get as much storage with the free version of Dropbox, compared to Box, with only 3GB available for these automatic photo uploads. That means you might have to stay on top of pruning that collection as it grows, but the convenience of automatic uploads might just make up for it.
The latest Dropbox is available in the Android Market now. There’s no set date for when the iOS version will also get automatic uploading, but the company indicates it will be in the near future.