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Dropbox copies Tumblr’s Photoset App

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Tumblr released a great Photoset app.

Dropbox liked it so much they copied it:

Almost immediately after Tumblr announced Photoset, its brand-new standalone iOS application for photo-sharing, Dropbox updated its Android app with similar functionality. In the new release, Dropbox has added a Photos tab to the app, which allows you to view all the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to Dropbox, and then easily share them.

That’s basically the same idea behind Photoset – it’s an app aiming to simplify photo-sharing by offering a quick way to upload photos to the cloud, where you can either keep them private or not. But Dropbox, too, has long since found popularity as a photo-sharing and archival tool. The only problem was that its current user interface on Android treated photos (and videos) more like files, instead of offering an attractive visual layout where you can easily see and browse through your media collection.

Now, that’s changed. In the updated Android app, photos and videos are organized by date uploaded, and you’ll also be able to see those you took using other cameras or devices in the new gallery. Here, you can swipe through the photos as you would in your Android Gallery app, so you no longer have to download the files to your phone in order to enjoy a more immersive experience. However, Dropbox has stopped short of making the grouped uploads by date their own individual collections (that is, “photosets”) where you could share the entire set with just one click. Instead, you’ll still need to share photos individually or organize them into folders for sharing a subset of your uploads.

I always thought Dropbox would one day compete with Evernote.

This Tumblr move threw me for a loop.

Dropbox could be really slick if it uses reverse image search to tell me the origin of images that aren't from me.

Dropbox has been syncing photos for ages. It's a wonderful tool and why DB is light years ahead of apple. Google fails too because people don't necessarily want photos being associated with Picassa / google + / gmail account.

Dropbox has nailed this, unsurprisingly.

The future of dropobox is syncing everything -- all data you own -- from medical records, photos, movies, books et. Al to all your devices , while allowing you to easily share it at will in groups or publicly, and as an automatic back-up.

I wonder what, if anything, leads to the inevitable decline of Dropbox.

Price? Performance? Security? Something else?

A founder leaving, honestly. And barring anything tragic, that's 40-50 years away, no? I think they are built to last.

Their biggest threat is one single player controlling the computing market -- from phone to tablet to your wearable computing gadget. I don't foresee that happening in the next two decades -- things are becoming less fragmented not more. Every new market -- a la tablets -- allows a few new entries into the market.

I think in theory google would have been a threat, but it took them 5 years to launch google drive, allowing Dropbox to build an incredibly strong brand.

Drew Houston's YC app was stunningly accurate.

In addition, more devices are becoming wirelessly connected. I mean, even your home thermostat. Dropbox is the one ring to link them all.

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