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May
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Last month, Dropcam updated its app with a slew of new features and a more unified interface. Building on that update, the company has now released version 3.0, which brings a handful of unique features to the Android app.

New Activity Feed Add Activity Labels Customize Activity Info and Alerts

In a nutshell, the app now has an "Activity Feed" that allows Cloud subscribers to filter videos by specific activities, completely customizable activity categories and alerts, and the ability to set the camera up directly from a mobile device. The latter is probably my personal favorite (as trivial as that may seem), as it just makes the entire setup process easier - no computer needed.

There is, however, a caveat to mobile setup: it only works on Samsung devices running Android 4.3+ and the Nexus 5, for the time being at least. Dropcam hopes to add support for other devices in the near future. And with the rate it has been pushing out significant updates lately, I'd say it won't be long before the majority of Android devices offer mobile setup.

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Version 3 of the Dropcam app is now available in Google Play, so grab the update if you're already a Dropcam owner. For more information on Dropcam, or to buy one, head here.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • David Peterson

    I almost bought one of these a couple weeks back ... if you look on Amazon the biggest complaint is that there is no local access of the video feed, it is only through their server.

    It has been a complaint for a long time, but they sell a subscription service to record the feed (ie. cloud DVR) so they do nothing about it.

    I ended up getting a 4 camera setup with a 500GB DVR for $50 more than a single Dropcam

    • alexcue

      Mind sharing your solution? I'm interested in getting my place set up with some IP cameras but the Dropcam's subscription service makes me super leery. Does your setup do remote streaming to your phone or have alerts?

      Might just have to take the plunge and exercise Amazon's return policy on some units to figure out what's best...

  • Phil

    The thing I like about Dropcam over this "Cam and DVR Bundles" is the fact that their is no on-site storage of the recordings. A thief could in fact take the recorded evidence with them along with all your shit at the same time leaving nothing for you to go on. Once Dropcam sees you, you're on the server in San Francisco Instantly. No way your gonna get the footage. Nothing will stop a determined crook, but at least with these I feel a bit more secure. Have had them for over 2 years now and couldn't imagine not being able to check in on my place from my 12 hour shifts. These are totally worth it for me and there is really no other comparable service that I am aware of.