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Box updates platform with API libraries for iOS, Android

Earlier this month, Box focused on webOS with its new app for the HP TouchPad. Now it's turning the focus back to iOS and Android.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

Earlier this month, Box focused on webOS with its new app for the HP TouchPad. Now it's turning the focus back to iOS and Android.

Box is rolling out new platform updates with API libraries for iOS and Android. Specifically, that's a Java code library for Android and an updated Objective-C library for iOS. Thus, developers will be able to integrate Box functionality and its cloud-based collaboration features (i.e. commenting, tagging, version history, etc.) to Android and iOS apps.

Furthermore, Box is introducing some new collaboration and contact API methods for the purpose of enabling users to work on content directly on mobile devices.

Apps made with these APIs will permit collaborates to invite others, view profiles for shared folders, manage the group and be able to see a list of all users with whom a particular user is collaborating.

As an extra incentive to developers make use of the new Box APIs for enterprise applications, Box is launching its Mobile Developer Challenge. Elaborate details can be found on the contest page, but know that it begins today and goes through September 9, 2011.

The rewards up for grabs total over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including $25,000 for the best application submitted as well as mobile ad network credits, HP TouchPads, and a pitch meeting with Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

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