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Dropbox updates its Android app with previews and smarter search

Also adds view-only collaboration support
Tue Aug 12 2014, 15:35

Dropbox logoDROPBOX HAS RELEASED an updated version of its Android app, adding two new features to the mobile storage service. 

Document Previews allows users to preview any Word, Powerpoint or PDF file within the Dropbox app. Spreadsheets are not supported, but for categories of files that are supported, users can view, scroll and zoom without needing to open an external program.

Smarter Search will offer specific folder searching, as well as searches of the entire Dropbox account. "Typeahead" will make predictions as to what document you are looking for as your type, while all search results are highlighted within the interface as you type to ensure that you can spot them as soon as they appear.

Early access Dropbox for Business users will also be able to set view-only permissions to shared folders to ensure that collaborators can't mess anything up.

Many of these changes were part of an upgrade to Dropbox cross-platform that the firm announced in London last month, along with the announcement that it will be bringing its first international office to the capital.

At the launch, Dropbox told The INQUIRER that many of these advanced functions and upcoming features such as full text search relied on a lack of server side encryption, but suggested that security conscious users could add their own encryption if they wished.

Dropbox is something of the pantomime villain of the cloud storage sector, following questions over its respect for its users' privacy and its appointment of former US Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice to its board of directors.

The updated Dropbox Android app is available at the Google Play Store. µ


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