Dropbox is probably the king of cloud storage. Well, if not the king, at least a high-ranking duke or something. So a great many people will be happy to hear the app is getting an update today to version 2.4, bringing with it a few design tweaks, as well as an interesting feature for linking new computers.

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Here's the changelog per Dropbox, plus what we've noticed in italics.

  • Resolves issue preventing 3rd party app authentication
  • Set up Dropbox on your computer using your phone's camera
  • New icon
  • New file/folder icons in app

The computer linking is an interesting process. In the app settings, you can choose to link a new computer using the phone's camera. You'll go to a special Dropbox connect URL on the PC and scan a neat Dropbox logo made out of QR codes with the phone's camera. A pre-authorized installer is then pushed to your computer – no additional signing in necessary. This is the same version of the installer you can get by going to the Dropbox forums and getting the early release build (2.7.49).


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As for the UI stuff, there's a new icon that actually looks like the old icon without a border around it. The icons in the app have also been changed a bit – they're lighter and flatter now.

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  • rmkilc

    Finally, the icon is a proper Android icon.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    I wish Twitter did the same, I don't think square icons look good on Android.

  • Bluewall

    Dat iOS7 gradient on the icon. Can't unsee that.

    • miri

      I find it mildly amusing how quickly Android users are to associate any-and-everything with iOS7.

      • Renan Lazarotto

        Usually I fight like an idiot to defent Android, but this time you only said the raw and pure truth. Its getting annoying already.

  • Jephri

    Yeah baby.

  • _artem_

    That's the only icon I see pixels on...

    • Simon Belmont

      Hey. I use the same live wallpaper as you (Solar System HD) on my Nexus 5.

      I love that LWP. So configurable (planets, nebula, star systems, colors, asteroids, etc) and the gyro controls that change the perspective in 3D are awesome (also I've noticed no battery drain with it at all, so it's really well coded).

    • Mozaik

      To be fair it looks ugly , there are much better icon pack.

      • _artem_

        It's not an icon pack, it's custom background for icons in next launcher 3d, so all of the icons look the same, ugly it looks without same background for all icons (last screenshot)

  • Rodrigo Gonzalez

    Damn it, when will they integrate the 'storage access framework' for Android 4.4?

    • Nevi_me

      I thought they have. I certainly have them as an option when selecting a file

      • Rodrigo Gonzalez

        I don't

    • Jimmy Lee

      It's always been integrated.. literally added to the very first update of DropBox after 4.4 came out:

      • Rodrigo Gonzalez

        I see, if you want to upload something to GDrive (from the app itself) you will see all that, but try to upload to Dropbox or open a file in Quickoffice (my screenshot is from there).
        I mean that Dropbox is hasn't 'SAF' integrated as GDrive and Box have.

  • http://google.com/+ThomasBeling Thomas Beling

    I don't have this option for setting up a new computer.

  • Martin

    They really make apps look like in iOS 7 and I LOVE IT!!! Good job devs.. Finally you are on the right path.. Hated so much most of the apps after switching from gorgeous iOS apps, to Android.. :-)))

    • ANex

      Looking at your commenting history...obvious troll is obvious.

      • Martin

        Troll because I want beautiful apps? What animal are you?

      • Martin

        Troll because I want beautiful apps? What animal are you?

    • ANex

      Looking at your commenting history...obvious troll is obvious.

  • DD0011

    Hey. How do you have separate folders for each device in camera uploads. Does it automatically upload to the correct folder based on which device you're using or do you manually drop them in to the correct folder?

  • http://project3825.blogspot.com/ 3825

    Dropbox needs to drop the requirement to read contacts until Android introduces optional or just in time permissions.

  • John

    I wish Google Drive had the feature to allow PIN# to access the app. (what I really like about Dropbox+Box Android apps)

  • idlukakas

    Tabs on actionbar, neat!

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Yeah - I don't get it.