Box brings improved photo previews to its Android app and launches new alpha testing program

Aaron Levie talks at Boxworks

Box is releasing an update today for its Android app that brings in improved navigation and browsing experiences for your files. It is also launching a new alpha testing channel to allow users to get access to new features before they’re released to the public.

With more than 5 million downloads to date of its Android app, Box says that the latest release will add some “awesome polish to the user experience.” As part of that effort, previewing files has been enhanced so that it now has smoother transitions, a fading effect for thumbnail icons, and implemented a new cleaner display that eliminates a lot of the unnecessary icons on the screen, shifting the functionality back to its action bar and submenus.


What’s more, the new preview has been made so that only full-resolution versions of images will be displayed when directly looking at it — when scrolling through files, only the low-resolution ones will be utilized.

Lastly, like some other services, Box has established a test group whereby users can enroll to gain access to early features and provide feedback. When the Android app is upgraded, a prompt will be displayed with instructions. Users will need to join a Google Group to participate and once done, a link will be emailed where a special version of the Box app can be downloaded.

Box says that the Google Play Store will automatically deliver updates to that special build and contain “experimental features”. The company will be tracking your usage of the new features to better assess its viability in the public space.

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