After launching the iOS OneCloud cloud-based functionality that offers file sharing with certain third-party apps, Box has gone ahead and updated its Android app to include OneCloud support. OneCloud lets users access their documents saved in the cloud right on their Android smartphones and tablets using other apps.
The Box application lets users view images, documents and other files right inside the app, but what’s interesting is that the app works with more than 50 other apps that can offer users more advanced editing features for those files you want to access on the go. Naturally, these apps have to be downloaded from Google Play also, but once that’s done, you’ll be able to better manage and edit your cloud documents on your mobile device while keeping them safely stored in Box.
Here are the main features of Box for Android:
- Access, view, edit, share and manage files directly on your Android phone or tablet
- Secure content with file-level encryption, passcode and auto logout when app is closed
- Via Box OneCloud, open and edit Box files in other apps installed on your device
- Save content directly to Box from more than 50+ compatible apps
- Upload multiple images, videos and files from the SD card
- Save files to your SD card for offline access
- Easily share files and folders with links
- Invite colleagues to shared folders and leave comments on files for them (note that you’ll need to grant permission for the app to access your contacts – we only use this permission to quickly retrieve email addresses when you want to invite collaborators, and we do NOT store any contact information on Box’s servers)
- Find content fast with built-in search
- Save files you edit or create in other Android apps to your Box account and access Box files from within other Android apps using the File Picker
- Add a widget or shortcut to a file or folder on your home screen to see updates on files by colleagues
And here’s what update 1.8.0 will offer you, in addition to Box OneCloud integration:
- Box OneCloud: an ecosystem of partner applications that help you get things done, now ready for discovery and consumption when you open or create new files
- Ability to choose location on SD card for downloads
- File cache and files saved for offline use are stored encrypted on device by default
- Arabic localization
By default, Box comes with 5GB of storage, so there’s plenty of space in the cloud for your apps. But in case that’s not enough for you, then you should know that there are various Android devices that come with 50GB of Box storage support including LG Android phones and tablets, Sony’s Tablet S and Tablet P tablets and Sony Erisson Xperia phones.