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Box beefs up Android app with productivity features to rival Dropbox

Version 3.2 brings Box Notes and more
Wed Aug 13 2014, 17:10
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BOX HAS ANNOUNCED an update to its Android app, which it has upgraded to version 3.2.

The Dropbox rival chose the day after a similar announcement from its competitior to reveal a number of enhancements.

Productivity platform Box Notes has arrived on the Android operating system, offering functionality equivalent to that on the web interface, which has itself been given extra features.

Also new is a "Recently Opened" tab detailing the last 25 files accessed on the account, options to delete comments and a pull-to-refresh gesture within folders to ensure that they always remain up to date.

Significantly, Box for Android 3.2 features greater control over shared links. Rival service Dropbox has been victim of a flaw that allowed collaborators to access entire accounts through shared links, not just the links themselves.

Now users can set a wide range of permissions, including whether to allow downloading from within the app itself, expiry times for shared links, and for administrators blocking automatic uploads to Box, copy and pasting from sensitive documents and limiting access from third-party apps.

Mobile working continues to rise in popularity, with a reported 20 percent rise in the number of enterprise mobility app activations in the last quarter.

The cloud storage companies are on the offensive to try to capitalise on and dominate the mobile productivity arena. Dropbox and Box continue to jostle for market position. Google's Drive service meanwhile recently went the other way, as it separated its productivity apps from the main storage app. µ


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