Box for Android now supports account toggling, real-time updates for offline files

Summary:Even though enterprise is the core target audience, Box product managers know that most users want to be able to toggle between multiple accounts for work and play.

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Box went back to the drawing board with a number of UI changes headed to its Android app.

Here's a quick overview of what to expect:

  • Revamped news feed with more control over how many and which updates are displayed from certain users
  • Grid view added for scanning content
  • The ability to sort any folder by file name, date modified, or file size
  • Real-time notifications for offline files when the app comes back online
  • Navigation Drawer added to UI (swipes in from left)

Simon Tan, a mobile product manager at Box, noted in a blog post on Tuesday that Box for Android has already been downloaded approximately 4.4 million times and counting.

And even though enterprise is the core target audience, Tan acknowledged added that many Box users typically have two accounts: one for personal use and one for work.

Thus, Box for Android is being updated with the ability to toggle between "any number of accounts" within the app.

Box also tacked on support for Finnish, bringing the grand total number of languages supported on the Android version to 23.

The Android refresh, which rolls out to users starting today, follows up Box's latest big push in the education market unveiled last week.

Just in time for the back to school season, the Los Altos, Calif.-headquartered company introduced what it described as "a new ecosystem for collaboration in education."

That ecosystem is essentially comprised of three parts: one based on its recent acquisition of HTML5 document viewing platform Crocodoc, an integration between the Box Embed HTML5 framework with Canvas by Instructure, and more mobile app partners for OneCloud.

In Thursday's announcement, Box boasted that "more than 100 universities and hundreds of K-12 institutions" are already using its cloud storage and apps platform within classrooms and for educational use.

Box reps promised that more mobile updates will be introduced amid the private company's annual BoxWorks developers conference in San Francisco in September.

For a closer look at Box for Android version 2.2, check out the promo video below:

Images via Box

Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Cloud, Enterprise Software

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