While there is certainly no shortage of cloud-based storage options available for the Android platform, Dropbox continually comes up as a fan favorite. Dropbox provides customers a paltry 2GB of free online storage, with 50GB and 100GB plans available for $9.99 and $19.99 per month respectively.
Often, Dropbox gives its users additional free storage for doing things, and today has kicked off a promotion that adds up to an additional 5GB of storage to users that are willing to beta test their latest application. For Dropbox to offer such a promotion, it would likely be due to a pretty significant change in their service, right?
The latest Dropbox beta adds some pretty handy new functionality, most notably and relevant is the ability to auto-upload photos and videos. The functionality is similar to an option provided by Google+, pictures and videos can be set to automatically upload to Dropbox’s servers after you snap them for immediate storage. With this addition, Dropbox has dropped the 180MB per file size limit they’ve had in place since launch, meaning you can make those videos as long as you want, though we’d suggest a Wi-Fi connection to upload that much data. (Update: Dropbox requires a Wi-Fi connection for large files, and will hold the update until you’re connected. Thanks, dpleus!).
Participating in the beta nets adds to your storage account the same amount of data you upload, up to 5GB. You’ll get 500 MB for auto-uploading your first picture. For every 500MB of photos and videos you upload to Dropbox after that, you’ll get 500MB added to your Dropbox account. Pretty sweet deal for doing next to nothing.
If you’d like to participate in the beta, all you have to do is download the apk and install it on your device (make sure your phone is set to allow installation of non-market apps, which can be found in the settings). Happy uploading!
Be sure to let us know how the beta goes for you by dropping a comment below.