The latest Dropbox update should give early adopters of the Android L preview something to smile about. This release addresses the showstopping compatibility issue that has thus far plagued the app, so users should now be able to use the cloud storage app on their pre-release mobile operating system of choice without experiencing an instant crash.

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What using Dropbox on the Android L preview used to look like vs how it looks now.

If the app still crashes for you following the update, go into app settings and clear data. It should work fine after that.

Now to address people who are still hanging back on the stable version of Android. Version 2.4.3 of Dropbox plays along better with Microsoft Office formats by introducing in-app previews of Word and PowerPoint files (along with PDFs). Users who attempt to search for specific documents will find that the app now tracks recent queries.

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These aren't the only improvements waiting to be appreciated. Take a look at the changelog below for more niceties.

What's new:
  • In-app previews of Word, PowerPoint and PDF files
  • New search experience that tracks recent queries and shows typeahead suggestions
  • View-only permissions for shared folders for Dropbox for Business users
  • Cache performance enhancements
  • Lots of bug fixes and improvements

Source: Dropbox blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • james fuston

    Yaaay. Now all I need is a stable release of Android L.

  • Nathan Walters

    *waits for the "BUT IT'S NOT MATERIAL DESIGN" comments*

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  • http://rickbutterfield.com/ Rick Butterfield

    Pretty sure this was the only thing stopping me from using L full time!

    • Brad

      mine is MMS and the fact that my last N5 got borked in the wifi department. I'm scared to try the preview on my new N5...

      • Ambroos

        Huh, people use MMS?

        • https://www.vizify.com/longbrook/ longbrook

          Not sure if sarcasm.... but yeah, especially for group messaging with iPhone users. Or sharing photos with people who don't use Hangouts. Which is most of the people I know.

          • Ambroos

            No sarcasm. Over here (Belgium) MMS is pretty much never included in your plan and costs anywhere from €0.07 to €0.50 each depending on your carrier. Because nobody likes paying everyone just uses Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp here. Or Snapchat. I can't even remember the last time I sent or received an MMS...

          • Brad

            Yeah, I definitely get lots of MMS... whether it be group messages like @longbrook:disqus said, or random pictures people have taken of me at a party or something...

          • Prahlis

            Same here in Sweden. MMS is completely dead. Pics are usually sent using Facebook messager.

        • Brad

          how else are people supposed to send me dirty pictures?

          • Mkvarner

            There's an app for that.

        • http://pierre-alexandre.me/ Pierre Alexandre

          In Canada we got unlimited text, picture and video messaging in Canada and to the US and unlimited international texts and incoming messages...

  • rmkilc

    But Android "L" isn't out yet.

    • Sruly J

      But the preview is.

      • rmkilc

        Hence the word "preview".

        noun: preview; plural noun: previews

        an inspection or viewing of something before it is bought or becomes generally known and available.

        • Sruly J

          My point was that a lot of people (of those eligible), are running the preview. Sooner or later they'd need to make it compatible with L, and the preview is a stepping stone in that regard.

          • rmkilc

            Of course. All I was doing was stating a fact.

    • Brad

      it definitely says "preview" in the headline. I'm pretty sure everyone here knows what is meant.

    • Ray

      And your point is???

      Regardless of the fact, this "Preview" release gives both users (in some instances, unfortunately) and developers and the opportunity to identify issues/bugs and bring apps up to date before it goes Public - in turn creating a much smoother transition when the update goes public. Personally, I think what Google are doing with this release is fantastic.

      Unfortunately, you will always get some users (morons) who flash the preview and then bitch and complain like a 12 year old school girl because some app doesn't work - they jump on the Play Store and start rating those apps 1 star and giving bad reviews. This in my opinion is really poor form. You're using what is essentially 'test' software and you shouldn't have the ability to rate apps when using it. Thankfully those users are in the minority.

      • rmkilc

        You hit the nail on the head. That is exactly my point, especially the last paragraph.

        • Ray

          I think I may have interpreted your comment incorrectly.

          I thought you were trying to say that because 'L' isn't out yet, why should developers bother updating apps etc for it.

          All good. Understand now. :)

          • rmkilc

            Yeah, I wasn't knocking DropBox at all. It was directed at Android Police for mentioning it in the title of the article. But I guess AP is a hardcore enthusiast site, with readers who use a "preview" for their daily driver (I am guilty).

  • Konstigt2

    Still no feature for only uploading camera photos when charging, too bad. Sticking with g+ and manual uploads to local storage :(

    • G

      Alternatively, you could choose to only upload when on WiFi instead of cellular data - the assumption being that you do use WiFi at home and your phone is connected to it. Battery drain on WiFi is not as bad as on 3G/4G

    • herbivoor

      You can install Carousel, Dropbox' new app. There you can set it to only charging and only Wi-Fi for example.

  • Hamza Zafar

    C'mon dropbox. Add a multiple folder sync option!

  • xdapao3

    The office files in-built preview should be an option! Now when you want to open a file in a dedicated app of your choice you have one more step to go through!! Tapping an RTF file in Dropbox, for example, *first* opens it in the in-built viewer and *then*, after 2 more taps, in the app of your choice!!

  • mgamerz

    If o my their pricing was competitive to Google Drive. I feel Dropbox takes it more seriously than Google.

  • Philip Kahn

    Is no one else still getting the instant L crashes? I know I am ... http://imgur.com/yrjo00q