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This article was published on August 11, 2014

Dropbox for Android updated with document previews, smarter search, and view-only shared folders

Dropbox for Android updated with document previews, smarter search, and view-only shared folders
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Dropbox today updated its Android app with support for document previews and an overhauled search function. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.

Document previews means you can now view, scroll, and zoom in or out of any Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or PDF in your Dropbox directly on your Android device without having to switch out of the Dropbox app. The search improvements include quite a bit: you can now search in specific folders or in your entire Dropbox, the app keeps track of your recent searches, it makes “typeahead” suggestions as you type in your searches, and also highlights the names of matching files or folders as you type your search.

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The full version 2.4.3 changelog is as follows:

  • In-app previews of Word, PowerPoint and PDF files.
  • New search experience that tracks recent queries and shows typeahead suggestions.
  • View-only permissions for shared folders for Dropbox for Business users.
  • Cache performance enhancements.
  • Lots of bug fixes and improvements.

The third point is worth detailing: the app now has the ability to set shared folders to the view-only permission. This is exclusive to Dropbox for Business customers in the early access program, but it should be expanded when it’s ready.

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