Dropbox experiments with frictionless photo and video importing

December 28, 2011


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Dropbox has introduced an experimental new feature to the latest forum build of the application that automatically syncs photos and videos from cameras and smartphones to Dropbox once connected to a user’s desktop or laptop.

Users can choose to have Dropbox automatically sync all media to the service upon connecting a device – including Androids, iPhones and normal point-and-shoot digital cameras. This is the first time that Dropbox has offered such functionality at the most important stage of digital archiving – initial import.

Apple and Google have already set the precedent for frictionless media uploading to cloud-based storage. Apple’s Photo Stream saves a copy of every image taken on an iOS device to iCloud, while Android users can choose to automatically back-up smartphone media to Google+.

This “Experimental Forum Build” is available for Linux, Mac and Windows and comes complete with a strong warning to back-up your current version of Dropbox before upgrading.


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Albizu Garcia

Albizu Garcia is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gain -- a marketing technology company that automates the social media and content publishing workflow for agencies and social media managers, their clients and anyone working in teams.


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