Dropbox has issued an update to its free Android application today to introduce automatic uploading for your photographs and videos. With a single tap, your content is sent — in full resolution and original size — to a private folder on your Dropbox account called “Camera Uploads,” allowing you to access them from any Internet-connected device.
The feature, which was recently added to the Dropbox desktop applications for Mac and PC, works over both Wi-Fi or data connection, though you’ll need to keep an eye on your monthly allowance if you’re frequently using the latter. Dropbox will give you 500MB of storage when you make your first automatic upload, but as you take more photos and videos, that limit will increase to 3GB for free.
The company is positioning the service as a data backup solution, giving you peace of mind for those irreplaceable photos and videos that are stored on your smartphone, that could disappear completely if your device was lost or stolen.
Some believe that this is Dropbox’s answer to services like Photo Stream from Apple, which automatically shares all of your images across your iCloud-connected devices.
And speaking of Apple devices, the same update will soon be available to the Dropbox application for iOS. If you’re sporting an Android-powered handset, however, you can grab it from the Android Market today.
Have you tried automatic uploading to Dropbox yet?
[via The Dropbox Blog]