Document sharing service Dropbox is improving the photo viewing experience for mobile phone browsers.
Dropbox says users can now view photos via mobile phone “as easily and vividly as you would from your computer.” By visiting the Dropbox site from their mobile phone, users can then select the Dropbox icon, click the “Photos” button and see the photos in their “Camera Uploads” folder in what Dropbox is promoting as a “big, shiny gallery format.” Dropbox photos can also be viewed at full size on a mobile phone and mobile users can flip through photos one at a time.
Enhancing Photos for All Mobile Users
One of the most significant aspects of this move by Dropbox is that the mobile site itself has been enhanced. Thus users of mobile platforms that Dropbox has not yet developed an app for (such as Windows) can now get the same enhanced photo-enhanced experience as users of Dropbbox’s iOS and Android apps.
A new article in TweakTown comments on the importance of the latest upgrade to the Dropbox mobile experience. “Dropbox have moved toward a gallery-style image viewer, which is available to anyone with a mobile device,” states the article. “Windows Phone is included, which is great news as there's no official Dropbox application on Microsoft's mobile OS.”
Dropbox Aims at Photos
Most people with a digital camera or mobile device with a camera installed quickly accumulate a giant collection of digital photos. And photos are also becoming an increasingly important form of corporate content. Recognizing the value of this trove of visual data, Dropbox has been focusing on providing the best photo experience possible as a way to differentiate itself in the document sharing/storage market.
As reported by CMSWire, in April 2012, Dropbox added a new Photos page and the ability to upload those photos from just about any device as part of its Dropbox 1.4 release. The minimalistic layout organizes the photos in a very Flickr-esque way. When new photos are uploaded to Dropbox with Camera Upload, photos are grouped by month, and hovering over them will show the date. Users can see full size versions and share/download them by clicking. As an added bonus, Dropbox is throwing in 500 megabytes of free storage when you upload your first image with the new version.
Additionally, Dropbox will add another 500 megabytes of free storage for every 500 megabytes users upload with Camera Upload (up to three gigabytes extra). Camera Upload will prompt you when a device is plugged in to the computer or if using the newest version of the Android app.