Network Storage online applications Dropbox for Android smartphone on Thursday launched a new photo upload feature, a move likely to further intensify their competition with Google, Apple and many other online storage solutions market, the market is developing rapidly. Dropbox only offers users storage space - the service will not provide any photo editing or manipulation features, like those provided by Google's Picasa program.
With one click, new features allow users to upload high-resolution photos from the phone on the wireless to a virtual "cloud”, then the file can be accessed through any computer and mobile devices. Upload pictures for the first time after the availability of 500MB of free storage space, up to a maximum of 3GB extra storage space. Although this feature is only suitable for the Android system, but Dropbox said that the iOS version will be released soon.
The Dropbox CEO Drew Houston said, they hope that the third-party developers are able to enter to provide accurate service. Houston believes that the new development has taken a small step, but for the build prosperity Dropbox ecosystem is a significant step. For example, Dropbox will encourage independent developers to write the program that can touch up to photo. Although the first release of the app will only be available for Android phones, an Apple iOS version will be released shortly, the company said. Users get 500 megabytes of storage after their first upload and can receive up to a total of 3 gigabytes of extra free space.
"Facebook integrates your friends and social profiles in an ecosystem, and provides all the services." Houston said, "We also hope that Dropbox offers a similar ecosystem, which is a major theme of this year we are advancing." "Dropbox's new app, which targets a huge consumer demand for photo-sharing, was meant to secure and solidify their position as the best file-sharing service and trying not go beyond that, which I think is a smart move." said James Staten, an analyst at Forrester Research. Dropbox was created in 2007 by Houston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology students, which is headquartered in San Francisco, has 100 employees, 50 million users, one of the most concerned about the start-up companies of Silicon Valley investors and competitors.
Founded by Houston and a classmate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007, Dropbox has raised $250 million at a reported $4 billion valuation. Earlier in this month, Google announced a cloud storage service Drive, which was regarded as a direct response to the rapid growth of Dropbox. Last June. Apple also announced iCloud service, which allows users to sync e-mail and calendar. And Microsoft has also recently pushed to expand its cloud offerings for enterprise computing.
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