News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday May 20, 2014.
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Box delivered a complete overhaul of its iOS app in January, making it easier to manage files on mobile devices and synchronizing them across the web and desktop. Now the same is happening with the Android app. Box for Android has been updated to show a new interface with improved navigation and discovery tools. For instance, users can now search within a document or even add a comment to a file for internal notes or collaboration with others. The app is designed to make getting to those files easier thanks to a new swipe-based menu system and improvements to the app to improve performance.
The Android app also includes a new gallery that loads photos faster and a document previewer that's capable of viewing documents for reading or presenting PowerPoint presentations directly within Box. OneCloud also makes it possible to edit documents or interact with a variety of other integrated services like Docs to Go, CloudOn, or Wrike.
LG G-series smartphones will be happy to know that Box and LG have reached a deal that will add 50GB of free storage for one year; however, the deal is only available in the US, Western Europe, and South Korea. LG will preload it on "premium" devices, so you can count on the G3 sporting Box when it launches later this month. As for existing users, it's a little unclear, but if you download Box from Google Play and try to connect to an account from the device, the 50GB offer should be available. (Again, you must have a premium G device, which isn't specified, but the LG G2, G Flex, or G Pro 2 are sure bets to be included.)
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.