Dropbox Updates Apps for Android, iOS; Launches App Directory And BlackBerry App

Dropbox, which develops an easy-to-use file sharing service, is releasing a new set of mobile apps today, including updates for the startup’s iPhone, iPad and Android apps, and the first release of Dropbox for BlackBerry (which the company hinted at earlier this year). And DropBox is launching an app directory complete with app information, screenshots and reviews for the over 100 third party mobile applications that use the company’s mobile APIs for document editing, image capture, note taking and more. DropBox opened up its mobile API in May, along with the initial launch of the company’s Android App.

The startup, which won a Crunchie for Best Internet Application at this year’s recent awards ceremony, enables people to sync files and media across platforms and devices, in order to have them available from any location. Dropbox provides users with 2 GB of space for free, with add-on plans offering more storage and functionality for a fee.

The new Dropbox for BlackBerry is fairly basic and allows for file access and viewing directly from the device. With new iOS release of Dropbox, new iPad and iPhone apps include automatic offline caching for recently accessed files, support for HD video and high-resolution photo capture. The apps also feature a UI improvement including a new home screen and progress display, full screen landscape document viewing on iPad and the support for multitasking to allow files to upload or download in the background.

Dropbox for Android has been updated with support for photo galleries and multi-photo upload, the ability to automatically send files to Dropbox from other apps, a progress bar and notifications for file transfers, and more.

Dropbox was founded by CEO Drew Houston and CTO Arash Ferdowsi in 2007, and received seed funding from Y Combinator soon after. The company went on to raise $7.2 million from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and Amidzad Partners.