Dropbox 2.0 for Android Is So Slick, I Might Actually Start Using It

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Dropbox released its newest Android App iteration Thursday with a revamped layout and better functionality. Were the new app a kitten, it'd now do back-flips and be 500MB larger for college students. That's right, a 500MB back-flipping kitten. On your phone.


Adorable analogies aside, Dropbox 2.0 for Android offers a host of new features. These include Favorites, which allows you to star and access files offline; Bulk Uploads, for adding multiple files simultaneously; File Renaming, don't make me explain that; and the ability to import and export from local storage. It will also support the new Ice Cream Sandwich OS. And for students, or at least people that have held onto their old college email accounts, Dropbox is offering 500MB of bonus storage for every new member they refer to the service—double the standard referral rate. [Dropbox via 9to5 Mac]

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Platypus Man

Looks sleek, but they took out a few features I actually liked. On the previous version, if you had the most recent version of the file downloaded (since they don't automatically download), it had the same green check as the desktop client. Now there's no indication if you have it at all. Also, in the last version, there was a notification regarding your upload. Now you have no idea when or even if it's finished unless you manually check the file on a different client, which kind of defeats the purpose of uploading it on your phone in the first place.

Also, for the record, they moved the location of the files on your phone. Instead of /sdcard/Dropbox/, your files are now in /sdcard/Android/data/com.dropbox.android/files/scratch/. Though it doesn't affect me, I've been told that this means that you can't use Dropbox files as ringtones anymore and that your Dropbox pictures won't be picked up by Android's media scanners anymore.

Oh, and the "Favorites" feature looks nice, but I don't see much of a point. If you mark a file as a "favorite," it will automatically download the new version of that file, but not when a change is made or when the Dropbox app is opened, but when you navigate to that file's folder. So instead it downloading when you open the file, it downloads when you open the folder. I guess it could be useful in certain situations, but I don't think it's what most users really want.

I downloaded the beta version of this release a few days ago and I'm now shocked that they didn't change anything from there to here. This really isn't a complete version in my opinion.