Earlier this year, Box unveiled a series of new tools for developers, including new and faster ways to display documents. Now it looks as though the company is expanding some of those features beyond its enterprise customers.
Box rolled out a major update to its Android app Tuesday, adding improved image galleries and search tools, a new document viewer and free storage for some users.
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The latest version of the app sports a completely redesigned user interface with new menus and gesture controls.
"We overhauled menus throughout the app, introduced a swipe menu on every item to get to actions even faster, and added touches like a new user tour and information headers on each folder," Box's product manager of Mobile, Simon Tan said in a blog post.
The new app emphasizes speed with new image galleries that allows users to quickly view all of their saved images without waiting for full-sized versions to load, similar to Dropbox's Carousel app.
The latest version of Box also comes with an improved document viewer that enables users to preview Powerpoint presentations and search within documents directly from their device. Box showed off similar tools at its developer conference earlier this year when it announced its new Box View tool that makes it easier for developers to build customized document viewers.
The company also announced it was expanding its partnership with LG. LG's flagship G-series handsets will now come pre-loaded with the Box Android app and new and existing Box users in the U.S., Western Europe and South Korea, who own a G-series device, will receive 50 GB of free storage for one year.
Box offered a similar promotion earlier this year when the company updated its iOS app and offered up to 50 GB of free storage to new and existing users with the update.
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