Dropbox has announced a pretty substantial upgrade to its services and apps on mobile. This comes at a time when cloud storage is hyper competitive and Dropbox has backed off of being the most competitive option on the market, despite its early entry into the space.
But if you’re looking for the most fully featured cloud storage going forward? Well, Dropbox might be your best bet.
At its core Dropbox is still a cloud storage service, and that won’t change. But these new features add some extra functionality to that cloud storage and syncing that should improve your experience and lock more users into Dropbox’s ecosystem.
First up is a new document scanning feature. This one actually feels a little overdue, considering Microsoft already offers simple ways to do this with Office, but now you’ll be able to quickly scan certain documents and files with Dropbox Scan and safely store them in your cloud space. That’s going to be particularly handy for anyone that’s currently using a regular printer scanner.
You’ll also now be able to save your passwords and sensitive documents in Dropbox Passwords and Dropbox Vault. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cloud storage company step into the password manager game, but it actually makes a lot of sense. If you’re relying on Dropbox for syncing cloud files, it’s a pretty small leap to also use it to secure your passwords across devices. These features rely on strong encryption and keep everything behind a PIN in the app so it won’t be easy for anyone to snoop in.
Dropbox Transfer is also getting expanded to more users, which will allow you to send files up to 100GB (depending on your plan) to other users without having to upload them to your Dropbox first. This is particularly useful for large files that you might not actually enough space left to hold.
And, lastly, Dropbox is getting a dark mode on Android very soon. That’s a free feature, but many of these other features (besides Dropbox Scan) will require one of Dropbox’s paid subscription options when they start to roll out.
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