At the company’s first-ever developer conference, Dropbox unveiled their new initiative called “Dropbox Platform,” which is a set of APIs that promise to deliver an easy cross-platform syncing solution for any form of data. At the heart of the Dropbox Platform is a new API called Datastore, which allows apps to sync almost all types of data, including settings, to-do lists, and game saves, across a number of platforms. The new platform was detailed at Dropbox’s event and on its official blog. Drew Houston wrote the following about the Datastore API:
When you use an app built with Datastores your data will be up-to-date across all devices whether you’re online or offline. Imagine a task-tracking app that works on both your iPhone and the web. If it’s built with the Datastore API, you can check off items from your phone during a cross-country flight and add new tasks from your computer and Dropbox will make sure the changes don’t clobber each other.
As of right now, many other companies are trying to create similar-cloud based solutions, one of which is Apple with its iCloud service. Dropbox’s promise of multi-platform compatibility could possibly make it the more attractive option though going forward. The service continues to grow exponentially and currently has 175 million users, up from 100 million in November.
Source: Dropbox (blog)