The other day we brought to you news of how you could sneakily snag yourself 50GB of free online storage from Box.net. As you know, folks who owned either a Sony Xperia or LG Android smartphone received 50GB of cloud storage for free as part of a promotional deal between Sony, LG and Box.net. Well today we bring you news that Box has updated their Android app bringing it to version 1.5. Besides updates to the interface the app boasts some awesome productivity features. They are:
- A widget that shows the progress of files that are currently being modified or updated.
- The ability to upload email attachments or files directly from the app you’re currently using.
- The ability to create documents in an office app of your choice and saving the file in Box, rather than in the document editor.
Given Box.net has 1.9 million users, the company is doing what it can to provide important improvements to the user experience. This goes a long way in customer satisfaction and it’s a relief to see that some companies still value the consumer. Hit the break below to find the Market link or QR Code, and if you are truly interested to read the press release. Even if you missed the 50GB promotion you can still snag 5GB of free online storage which is more than enough for most folks, enjoy.
Stay in the Know with Box for Android
In version 1.5 of Box for Android, we’ve added 3 main features that will help those actively sharing and editing files on Box with others. You can now keep an eye on updates to your files right from a home screen widget, send files to Box from anywhere you can open files (like email attachments), and create new Office® documents with compatible apps like QuickOffice Pro.
When you’re working with a lot of people on a number of files simultaneously, it’s hard to keep track of what version of which file is updated, and when. When accessing Box in your browser or on your iPhone or iPad, you see these details in an Updates feed. Now Box for Android goes one step further and puts updates right on your home screen with the Box widget!
To add the widget, just long-press on an empty space on a home screen, choose to add a Widget, then choose “Box”. Position the widget wherever you’d like by long-pressing on it and dragging it around.
In addition to showing updates, the widget also provides useful shortcuts to create or upload new files without needing to open the Box app.
Upload files from any app
Wherever you have the option to view a file, you now also have the option to upload it to Box – which is really useful when you get email attachments or download files via the browser. Put them on Box and start sending links instead of attaching files in emails!
Create Office documents
If you have an app capable of editing these file types, you will see new options to add documents, spreadsheets, presentations and plain text files on the Create menu. Choosing these file types will open the editor of your choice and save the file you create back to Box when you’re done.
You’ll need an app capable of editing these files (not just viewing them) in order to see this feature – we recommend QuickOffice Pro, DocumentsToGo or Kingsoft Office.