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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.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Brandon Jiang

    As a Box user, i'm glad to see the app has updated! My biggest complaint is actually the speed of the app... not quite as "optimized" for Android. Kind of like the Facebook app.

  • moelsen8

    does box do automatic photo uploading? i remember wanting to make it my default photo backup a while back but when i looked for such options, i couldn't find anything.

    • Brandon Jiang

      Nope, not natively. There is a 3rd party app that does it but costs $2

    • cyleo

      This would be a killer feature icw the 50GB I got for free for owning a Xperia device.

    • Angmancy

      Use the Folder sync lit version if you don't want to buy pro. Then you can set the file with your photos on your mobile to be synced with your web storage at any desired frequency. You can even use box sync app to sync those files with your computer

  • Jeremy Miller

    I still have 50gb from awhile back that i got free

  • Angmancy

    When I created a box account with 50Gb with my Xperia pro I didn't knew that after a year it would evolve into one of my everyday needs. Now I have two 50Gb acccounts and I use Folder sync to keep my Nexus 4 and 7 synced with my PC files. Applications like Datasync pro and X-plore file manager really add to the overall experience with box.

    Only complain is that their Box sync app for windows is not that great. I wish it had better functionality like Folder sync!