News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 09, 2014.
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Dropbox today announced that it plans to compartmentalize its features into new apps. The company still serves a cloud storage locker and backup for a wide range of data, but it's giving users a new option to have a dedicated photo gallery to browse their photos and a new app to read and send email.
Carousel is a newly announced photo gallery that Dropbox crafted for Android and iOS. The app automatically backs up full resolutions of all photos and videos stored on a mobile device or uploaded to Dropbox, something already done in the standard Dropbox apps for both operating systems. The unique feature is that these apps then become shareable with a group of family or friends. Those same contacts can then upload their own photos into a private network that creates a storyline of events, recent or old, and grouped by location. The app will debut for Android and iPhone users later today.
Dropbox also announced that Mailbox is launching today on Android. The app previously debuted for iOS last year before Dropbox acquired the company weeks after it launched. Mailbox is an app that relies on gestures and learning the user's habits over time, and the latest version does that for both Android and iOS. A new feature called Auto-Swipe is capable of knowing how to handle swiping messages away. Auto-swipe can snooze messages from friends to be ready until later that day for work, mute email threads, or add to a list. These settings apply across platforms using Dropbox, so your Auto-swipe choices on a smartphone are the same as they are on a tablet.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.