Dropbox Kills Public Folders and Updates iOS App with Photo Features
Dropbox, one of the most innovative and useful tech startups, is planning to discontinue its public folders for new accounts after July 31.

The public folder disappearing act was less of an announcement and more of a leak as the news only came out because of a question asked by a user on Dropbox's own blog. Dropbox has been emailing developers with the news, and one of them got confirmation from the company by posting the email and question on the blog.

Public folders won't be offered to new account users after July, but people who already have accounts won't be affected, and the public folders will behave normally, the blog post said. It seems people are using shared folders much more than public folders, but if you are a company who's been using public folders, now might be a good time to try and change Dropbox's mind about it. Otherwise, some changes will need to be made to people's business plans.

New iOS App Features

In April, Dropbox updated its Web and Android apps with its new Camera Upload feature, and now Apple users get to join the photo party. Camera Upload can display photos in Gallery view, and images can be uploaded over Wi-Fi or a cellular connection. There's no size limit, but obviously, if using a capped data plan might not make that big of a difference.

Camera Upload makes it easier to group photos or videos together for moving or deletion, and more storage space can be earned for using the feature. When uploading the first images, users will be awarded 500 megabytes of Dropbox storage. Then for each additional 500 megabytes used, another 500 will be awarded up to three gigabytes total.

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Uploaded images will be easy to skim in Gallery view.

Nonstop Innovation

Dropbox has had a busy 2012. It redesigned its interface, updated its mobile apps, added new features and even began upgrading its servers. The company has been quietly changing out some of its traditional hard drives with SSD drives, according to Wired. The solid state drives are more expensive, but they are faster, and less of them are needed when there's maximum server activity. 

Additionally, Dropbox has been offering free storage space on select new mobile devices like HTC's One X. The company had been offering up to 50 gigabytes of storage for new smartphone purchases. However, it now appears that won't be the case for Verizon and AT&T customers who plan on buying the new Samsung Galaxy S3 superphone. This applies to customers who buy their phones directly from the carriers, so if you want to buy the international version, likely close to US $800, then it won't be a problem. The 50 gigabyte promotion applies to phones that come with the Dropbox app pre-installed, and can be activated by finishing questions prompted by the app. Tell us in the comments if your company uses the public folders and how.