HTC has announced it has joined hands with cloud storage provider Dropbox to offer free storage of 5GB to all its Android customers.
The phone-maker revealed on Facebook: “We’re happy to share the good news with you here, first. We recently partnered with Dropbox! So, now Dropbox will come pre-installed on all Android phones, giving you 5GB of storage!”
Although it doesn’t mention existing owners, reports are already pouring in that quotas for current and older HTC devices have been automatically increased. So as long as your phone can run the Dropbox app, which should be pretty much all of them, you can start enjoying the extra capacity right away.
The move to offer free cloud storage comes as HTC tries to sweeten the appeal of its smartphones amid growing pressure from rival Samsung, whose Galaxy line continues to shift record numbers.
It is also likely to be a response to Apple’s own iCloud service, which also offers free 5GB storage to all Apple users and synchronises data between its range of iDevices over the cloud, which can be accessed via the official iCloud website in the event of an emergency.
It remains to be seen whether we’ll see a similar level of integration of Dropbox with HTC mobiles. Our best bet is that we can expect something along the line of Apple’s approach on the HTC Sense website.
As always we’ll let you know more as soon as we do.