Dropbox: Now one more reason to want a Nexus One

Or a Droid for that matter. I keep holding out for the Nexus One on Verizon, but the Apps are calling to me.

Or a Droid for that matter. I keep holding out for the Nexus One on Verizon, but the Apps are calling to me. I'm afraid the Blackberry just doesn't do it for me anymore. The latest to further fan the flames of my gadget lust? Dropbox, which is now free and cross-platform compatible on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, and Android.

Google's Tim Bray tweeted the other day, "DropBox on Android. Obvious once you think of it," and it really is, given the push to the cloud represented by all things Google (in fact, wouldn't Dropbox be a great acquisition target?). For those of you unfamiliar with Dropbox, a little video goes a long ways towards explaining what it does:

Basically, it's a cloud-based file-sync app (in case you didn't watch the video). 2GB are free; you pay for more. The beauty, though, is not only your ability to access your files from any device (most recently, Android phones), but also from any web browser and to choose which files in your box are public. As Dropbox states in their blog post,

Access your Dropbox on the go – All the contents of your Dropbox are available for viewing. You can even stream music and movies in your Dropbox straight to your Android device...

Upload files and sync them to your Dropbox – Take a photo, shoot a video, or upload some audio from your Android phone and email its public link to a friend in less than a minute.

This might actually be a service I'd pay for (remember back in the day when 2GB seemed like a lot of space?). Sure, you can upload any file types and share them in Google Apps, but ironically, this integrates with Android more seamlessly. And for a mere $10 a month, you can have 50GB of storage available anytime, anywhere, on basically any device that matters (Palm...what?). Sure, Google's storage is a bit cheaper, but Dropbox is quite a bit slicker. What was that I was saying about acquisition targets?


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