Dropbox reaches 175m users, boosts integration tools


Dropbox has surpassed the 175 million user milestone this week, as the cloud storage service boosts its API tools for deeper integration into Apple and Android user’s operating systems.

Dropbox said that an additional 75 million users have joined the cloud storage service since November 2012.

The company announced the new figure at its DBX developer conference in Fort Mason, while also revealing new ways for developers to integrate Dropbox into their applications.

Earlier this year, Dropbox launched its Sync API for iOS and Android, making it easier for smartphone and tablet apps to use Dropbox as their external file storage.

Now Dropbox has unveiled a new Datastore API to offer deeper integration.

Writing in a blog post, Dropbox co-founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi said: Our Sync and Core APIs already take care of syncing files and folders, but as people use mobile apps more and more, a lot of their stuff doesn't really look like a file at all," in a blog post.

"It could be anything — settings, contacts, to-do list items, or the latest doodle you drew. With the Datastore API, we're moving beyond files and providing a new model for effortlessly storing and syncing app data."

The event also saw Dropbox announce new "drop-ins" for developers called Chooser and Saver, which will help them add the ability to access files in Dropbox and upload new files from apps "with just a few lines of code".

Stock-photos service Shutterstock and email apps Yahoo Mail and Mailbox are the first apps to make use of the new drop-ins.

Dropbox bought iOS app Mailbox in March for a rumoured $100m. Its latest update will make emailed links to Dropbox files work like regular attachments.

Read the Dropbox datastore blog post here

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