Dropbox sneaks in more free storage space

Back in February, Dropbox announced that it had launched a new update for its Android app which automatically uploads all of an Android device's photos and videos to a single Dropbox folder. Now Dropbox has announced an expansion of that program. In a post on its official blog site, the company said that the Camera Upload feature now works with "just about any camera, tablet, SD card or smartphone — pretty much anything that takes photos or videos!"

While all of that is cool, what's even more interesting is that if you enable the Camera Upload feature, you automatically get 500MB of free additional storage space with your first automatic camera upload. The more pictures and videos you upload with this feature, the more free space opens up. Dropbox's upper limit on free storage space is 3GB with this method.

This is on top of the 2GB of free space Dropbox already offers its users, which is a somewhat sneaky way to match the 5GB of free cloud storage space that Google Drive offers its customers. Of course, Microsoft's SkyDrive service beats them both with 7GB of free storage space (or 25GB if you have been grandfathered in).

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*yawn*. This isn't something they were trying to sneak in. They did this starting back when they were testing it. It was 5GB at the beginning then they dropped the cap to 3GB later.

See, I opened a SkyDrive when they were giving out 25GB free storage and now I just check it and it has been downgraded to 7GB. Was it because I only had 200MB worth of files on it?

Shadrack said,
See, I opened a SkyDrive when they were giving out 25GB free storage and now I just check it and it has been downgraded to 7GB. Was it because I only had 200MB worth of files on it?

There should be a free upgrade option to put it back to 25GB again. It will be permanent. I think they may of had to do it that way.

Depicus said,
The photo upload works with the iPhone but cannot seem to get it going with a Nokia Lumia which is a shame.

there is no official app for Dropbox on WP7 for now, but Boxfiles was recently updated to support this feature, is that what you're talking about?

х.iso said,

there is no official app for Dropbox on WP7 for now, but Boxfiles was recently updated to support this feature, is that what you're talking about?

No, when I plug my iPhone in on the Mac it automatically uploads new images but this doesn't seem to work with WP7 on Mac or Windows 7

Depicus said,

No, when I plug my iPhone in on the Mac it automatically uploads new images but this doesn't seem to work with WP7 on Mac or Windows 7


Are you talking about SkyDrive or Dropbox? Windows Phone will automatically upload your images to SkyDrive (if you like) - it's very easy to set up. And it doesn't have to be plugged into your computer to upload. For Dropbox, and you say that you're expecting it to upload new images when plugged in to your computer? Windows Phone will automatically sync with your computer when you plug it in, or wirelessly over your home network. Just tell Dropbox to sync the folder that Windows Phone dumps the photos into.

rfirth said,

Are you talking about SkyDrive or Dropbox? Windows Phone will automatically upload your images to SkyDrive (if you like) - it's very easy to set up. And it doesn't have to be plugged into your computer to upload. For Dropbox, and you say that you're expecting it to upload new images when plugged in to your computer? Windows Phone will automatically sync with your computer when you plug it in, or wirelessly over your home network. Just tell Dropbox to sync the folder that Windows Phone dumps the photos into.

Dropbox, was trying to point out the feature disparity. Dropbox will auto upload from iPhone, two cameras and all sd cards I plug in but not wp7.

They already had the 3GB bonus for Camera Uploads months ago for beta users (5Gb on February, 3GB before it became official) so I don't think that it's sneaky.

I definitely love SkyDrive's 25GB offer but what I miss is file versioning on non-Office files. I also noticed that the real-time sync of SkyDrive isn't too "real time" since it takes a while before it recognizes a change in my files.

I have like 18.88GB worth of free space on DropBox, Love DropBox, the GDrive and the SkyDrive are no good in-front of it (what I think).

waqastariq said,
I have like 18.88GB worth of free space on DropBox, Love DropBox, the GDrive and the SkyDrive are no good in-front of it (what I think).

how??? What did u do to get so much;

waqastariq said,
I have like 18.88GB worth of free space on DropBox, Love DropBox, the GDrive and the SkyDrive are no good in-front of it (what I think).

Yes, 25 GB < 18.88 GB (collected through referrals, tweeting).

waqastariq said,
I have like 18.88GB worth of free space on DropBox, Love DropBox, the GDrive and the SkyDrive are no good in-front of it (what I think).

how you get much free space?

TrOjAn. said,
Referrals.
And DropQuest.
I have 24.88GB atm, without paying (or cheating).

My 25GB is still more than your 24.88GB, and I never had to spam my friends for referrals.

rfirth said,

My 25GB is still more than your 24.88GB, and I never had to spam my friends for referrals.

Congratulations. Wow. Awesome.. not.
And I didn't have to spam my friends as well.

rfirth said,

My 25GB is still more than your 24.88GB, and I never had to spam my friends for referrals.

And my (FREE) 59.1gb is more than your 25gb! So ner.

you did not calculate the additional space you get by completing the tour and tweeting about the thing and reading some other stuff