The competition for cloud storage customers is getting fierce, and companies like Box need every edge they can get. To that end, the Box Android app is getting a huge overhaul today, focusing on user interface, local file management, and remote syncing and collaboration. Version 2.2 of the app will be live in the Play Store today, and should be rolling out to existing users over the next few hours.
The general interface gets the most attention, starting with a new and oh-so-trendy navigation drawer. The most useful addition to my mind is the ability to sort through folders by name, date, or size, with ascending or descending options for all three. The homescreen widget is now natively resizable, and the whole app has been given a bit of spit and polish.
But the coolest additions are in the syncing and workflow department. Users can now switch between multiple Box accounts, and they'll be greeted by a revamped Updates feed after logging in. Documents get updated previews within the feed, and users can now choose to view their own changes in the feed or not. When you're viewing a document and it's updated on the server by another Box user, the app will alert you and ask if you'd like to view the updated version. Neat.
The Box 2.2 update is scheduled to go live on the Play Store this morning. If you don't see it immediately, don't worry, it's probably just taking its sweet time rolling out. Free users still get access to 5GB of storage, with paid accounts starting at $9.99 a month for 25GB.