Dropbox comes to BlackBerry; updates for iPhone, Android

Dropbox, an online storage service, introduces a mobile app that's compatible with BlackBerry.

The Dropbox app for BlackBerry drops its beta. (Credit: Dropbox)

Dropbox continues to develop its cloud storage service for a trio of mobile platforms: Android, iPhone, and now BlackBerry. Dropbox for BlackBerry, which has previously been available as a beta, has now become available today through a Web download--just point the mobile browser to dropbox.com/blackberry.

As with other mobile Dropbox apps, the BlackBerry version lets you view uploaded files on your smartphone, including streaming music and videos. You're also able to upload files, like photos, to your Dropbox account.

There's prompting to add photos from your library or to snap a new one. A menu option will generate a link to an e-mail to friends. We'd like to see the app make use of BlackBerry's other sharing outlets, like BlackBerry Messenger and social networks.

We should note that the app worked as advertised on a Blackberry Curve 3G for Verizon, but choked on an error on our trusty BlackBerry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile--we're still working with Dropbox on it, but let us know if you experience any hang-ups. Dropbox for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is still more advanced, with features to download files for offline viewing, swipe through photo galleries, and open Dropbox files in other iPhone and iPad apps.

Dropbox's enhancements to iOS include support for HD video, interface tweaks, and support for file uploading/downloading in the background. Dropbox for Android comes to the Android Market in addition to a Dropbox.com download. It's now commissioned to support photo galleries and multiple photo uploads, and can automatically push out files to Dropbox from other apps as part of the Android share feature (perform a long press on a file to share it).

You'll need a free Dropbox account to begin viewing uploaded files on each of the mobile platforms. Dropbox gives you 2GB of free storage; beyond that, you'll need to upgrade your account.

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About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.