Dropbox, the most popular free cloud storage provider is planning to unveil a new update to its Android application very soon. It has posted a beta version at it’s forum which brings a cleaner interface and lot of new features.
The new app is being developed keeping Ice Cream Sandwich’s ‘Holo’ user interface design in mind. Since the birth of Android 4,0, lots of applications have undergone UI changes, featuring better interfaces, which is a good thing.
- The app is divided into three tabs – Dropbox, Uploads and Favorites.Dropbox – There’s nothing to mention about this tab, it includes all your folders & files.
Uploads – This is really cool. All your uploads, unified at one place. Files can be uploaded in bulk.
Favorites – Your favorite files for offline viewing.
- The gallery has been improved. It now includes buttons such as share, export, delete etc.
- Renaming of files and folders is now possible.
- Other new, smaller features include transition effects, lazy load of images etc.
Download: Dropbox beta v1.3 (3 Mb)
It is still un-finished and lot’s of stuffs are missing.
- Notifications do no appear, like a upload/download progress bar. So, right now, there’s no way to know if a download/upload task has been completed without opening the app.
- Streaming a video sucks, at-least for me and a couple of other users. Actually, streaming didn’t even work for me.
- Refresh button doesn’t work well.
- A bulk download mode, I really need it, please Dropbox.
- Although files can be marked as favorites but folders cannot be. Why?
- Files cannot be moved.
Most Important: Automatic Syncing of files! Dropbox says continuous sync is not possible due to hardware and memory restrictions. But at-least an option for scheduling sync should have been there. Anyways, for those who need automatic sync, try Dropsync app. (QR Code on the right)
Now, I realized that the old UI was very ugly. The long-press-to-bring-up-options-menu has also been partially replaced by an action button which opens a horizontal menu. Overall, the update looks very nice and I’m looking forward to the completed version of the Dropbox app.