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  • Dropbox Announces “Dropbox Platform” with its Aim to Sync Everything to the Cloud


    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.
    Although some apps have already been using Dropbox in this manner, the new API will offer developers an easily accessible method to tap into the company’s cloud. The Datastore API is bolstered by Drop-Ins, which allows app developers to build in Dropbox integration with just a few lines of code. There are two main parts to Drop-Ins; the Chooser and the Saver. Chooser lets users access and extract files and data stored on Dropbox from within a third-party app while Saver allows access to a Dropbox account for saving data.

    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.

    According to the Dropbox developer’s webpage, Datastore beta and Drop-Ins are available now for iOS, Android and Javascript.

    Source: Dropbox (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Dropbox Announces “Dropbox Platform” with its Aim to Sync Everything to the Cloud started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Perfect for those PRISM fan club members.
    1. barondebxl's Avatar
      barondebxl -
      Something that was available last year on the galaxy note 2....but somehow apple is gonna find the way to make you Eye -sheeps believe it is revolutionary...
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by barondebxl View Post
      Something that was available last year on the galaxy note 2....but somehow apple is gonna find the way to make you Eye -sheeps believe it is revolutionary...
      Wow, No comment...
    1. stevelucky's Avatar
      stevelucky -
      Quote Originally Posted by barondebxl View Post
      Something that was available last year on the galaxy note 2....but somehow apple is gonna find the way to make you Eye -sheeps believe it is revolutionary...
      What in the world are you even talking about? The Note 2 has a platform what would sync settings from different apps, games, etc... across all my different devices (desktops, laptops, mobile, etc...)? Wow. That is one magic phone.

      P.S. - I'm pretty sure this has absolutely NOTHING to do with Apple.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Apple has iCloud..what does DropBox have to do with iCloud? Well..DropBox still only offers 2GB for free. Im all set, not a deal at all.