Our most favorite cloud app – Dropbox – has unveiled a new photo uploading feature for Android smartphones, potentially sharpening its competition with Google, Apple, and a host of other companies battling to rule the burgeoning market for online storage solutions. With a single click, the feature will allow users to wirelessly upload high-resolution pictures straight from their smartphones onto the virtual “cloud,” where the files can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. Dropbox only offers users storage space – the service will not provide any photo editing or manipulation features, like those provided by Google’s Picasa program.
Instead, CEO Drew Houston said, the company hopes that third-party developers will step in and do precisely that. Houston said the new development represented a small but significant step toward cultivating a thriving “ecosystem” around the Dropbox platform. In the case of photos, for example, the company will encourage independent developers to write programs to touch up photos. ”Facebook tied your friends and your social graph into this ecosystem that offered all these services,” Houston said. “We envision similar things with Dropbox.” He added: “It’s a major theme for us going forward this year.” Read the full article »»»»