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January 09, 2013

Dropbox Extends Partnership with Samsung Beyond Phones to TVs, Cameras

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Dropbox (News - Alert) recently stated its intentions to become even more mobile friendly by way of tighter integration of its cloud storage and file sharing service with Samsung products, including nearly everything from smartphones to televisions. Specific devices named by Dropbox as part of this ramped up integration include the upcoming Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy Grand smartphone and smart cameras.

This expands an existing partnership with the Korean electronics giant, as the Dropbox service already comes natively installed on the popular Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones, as well as the recently released Samsung Galaxy Camera. Users with these devices can access free 50GB of storage capacity when they activate Dropbox, which can then be configured to automatically upload photos and other files.

The storage service’s file sharing capabilities were also recently updated to leave a thumbnail of the original photos or videos on secondary devices that are Dropbox enabled. This helps save space on the device while limiting bandwidth usage, as the actual content won’t be downloaded until the user clicks on the thumbnail.

While Dropbox access makes perfect sense on mobile devices, it may seem strange to include it on Samsung’s new smart televisions via its AllShare Play application, but it can be used to quickly and easily bring up photos and videos for viewing on a larger display.

In other recent Dropbox news, the company has yet to say what it plans to do with its most recent acquisition, Audiogalaxy. Dropbox acquired the cloud audio sharing service in December for an undisclosed sum, sparking speculation that the company may be looking to integrate media streaming into its core storage service. This speculation has been backed up by cloud storage rival Google’s (News - Alert) Play Music functionality.

Meanwhile, Dropbox has also become partners with Verizon, providing all Verizon devices with similar Dropbox integration as all Samsung Galaxy phones.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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