Dropbox has updated its service app for Android. The update comes two days before the press event where Dropbox (Editor Rating: ) is likely to announce a new business application. Now available on Google Play store, version 2.4 of the app includes the following changes:
- New process for setting up Dropbox on computers using a phone’s camera
- Fix for third party app authentication issue
- New app icon and other minor UI tweaks
Dropbox has come up with an interesting and innovative use of QR codes for linking new computers; the process is comprised of three simple steps:
- Go to Dropbox Connect URL on a computer. The page displays Dropbox’s logo, which is made up of QR codes.
- Scan the QR code / Dropbox logo by pointing a mobile phone camera at screen.
- A pre-authorized installer gets into action and does the rest.
Compared to earlier versions, the new app looks and performs better. Once you have a Dropbox account, it is super convenient to add more devices and keep them in sync. On a Wi-Fi network, the Dropbox app automatically downloads updates when it is launched for the first time. In contrast, when on a cellular network, the app smartly switches to update-on-demand mode.
In addition, users do not have to worry about losing one or all their devices. They can share files and folders with colleagues and friends in real-time. Users can also choose to upload all their cell photos automatically into Dropbox as soon as they’re snapped.
New App Icon Has Few Takers
Another change that has been pushed with the update is the new Dropbox service icon. While Dropbox gets all the app features right, they have gone terribly wrong in designing the new icon. The new icon contains white, dated-looking borders around the familiar looking blue box. No wonder Dropbox blogs are flooded with user requests to bring the old icon back.
Hugely Popular Dropbox App
The Dropbox app is a hugely popular app on mobile devices. The feature rich app comes free and is available for a wide range of devices and operating systems. The app supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android platforms while working seamlessly with the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle fire, and most Android phones.
Despite a delighted user community, Dropbox would love to have more revenue earning accounts. Owing to market pressures, the company has acquired funds to the tune of 1.1bn within the last few months.
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Have you used V2.4 of the Dropbox App? Please share your views about its features and logo in the comments section below.