Box.net launches Android app for online storage access


Box.net is an online file storage, sharing, and collaboration site. you can upload documents from any computer, view some documents and media files online, and share download links with others.

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The company also offers an iOS app for accessing your documents on the go using an iPhone or iPad. Now Box.net has launched a free Android app, and a BlackBerry version is on the way as well.

The Android app supports Android 2.0 and up and is designed to let you access files stored on Box.net, upload new files, and share links from your phone.

I had no problem uploading files from my phone to Box.net using the new app, but I was unable to actually preview any of the pictures stored on my account. The Box.net app doesn’t include its own media viewers, instead relying on your phone’s default apps. So when I tried to open an image, it downloaded the image preview and tried to open it in the Gallery App, which resulted in a Force Close error. Repeatedly. I couldn’t get a single JPG or GIF image to open properly, although I could see tiny thumbnails in the app itself.

On the other hand, I was able to view a Word document saved to my Box.net account on my phone.

The Box.net Android app is still pretty rough around the edges, but if you’re already a Box.net user I can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t at least want to check it out.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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