Dropbox for Android updated with automatic photo uploads, up to 3GB free space

Daniel Bader

February 24, 2012 2:51pm


Dropbox for Android has seen a lot of improvement with its 2.0 release, but now it’s even better with automatic photo and video uploads. The idea is simple: whatever photos or video you take on your Android phone will be synced and automatically uploaded over either WiFi or 3G, and the more you upload, the more free space you get.

According to the Dropbox blog, “[photos are] all uploaded at original size and full quality, and saved to a private folder in your Dropbox called Camera Uploads where they’re ready to view or share.” Once you log into the app you get 500MB of extra space for the first photo you upload, and for every 500MB of photo uploads thereafter you’ll get that much in permanent free space, all the way up to 3GB.

Dropbox 2.0 is a big improvement in the design department, too, with full support for Android 4.0 menus and a clean, uncluttered look. Instead of “syncing” files or folders as one did in version 1.0, the new Dropbox app takes a different approach. Though it’s a bit more cumbersome, you must now individually “Favorite” files you want stored for offline access. This was done to adhere to Google’s stricter storage policies in Android 4.0, and to prevent the overwriting of files.

Check out Dropbox 2.0 with automatic photo and video uploads in the Android Marketplace. The team says that similar functionality is coming soon to iOS, Windows and OS X clients.

Source: Dropbox Blog

  • Ryan

    Wasn’t/isn’t Dropbox a huge battery hog?

  • Justin L

    What if we participated in the beta, are we still eligable for the 3 GB

  • Nickn

    Not able to move it anymore to the SD card once installed…for users with small memory devices not so good. Other improvements are positive +1.

  • Justin

    Sorry just noticed this was for Dropbox, not Box.

  • Z

    If you sign up for Box.net on an Android you’ll also get 50 gigs free.

  • freestaterocker

    WP users get 25gb free on SkyDrive… Would be nice to see dropbox make a similarly competitive offer to android users…