Box.net Sept. 23 released a free Android application to help corporate road warriors manage content from smartphones such as the Droid, Droid 2, Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Evo 4G.
Box.net, whose software is used by more than 4 million
users and 60,000 businesses to store and manage files, has built an Android
application to help corporate road warriors manage content from smartphones.
Available free Sept. 23 from the Android Market, Box for
Android allows users to manage and share business content for smartphones
running the operating system version 2.0 and later.
This covers most of the smartphones released in 2010,
including the entire Droid line of devices from Verizon Wireless, as well as
the HTC Evo 4G from Sprint and Samsung's Galaxy S series, available from all
major U.S. carriers.
Box for Android users will be able to preview documents,
media file and Web documents, upload photos, media and documents stored on their
Android handset to box for safe keeping, browse files and folders, share Box
links to files and folders via e-mail; and search for files.
Searching for managed content is a big part of the app.
Users will be able to filter search results by relevance, date updated, file
size and name.
Box.net CEO Aaron Levie explained in a blog post: "Because
search is a cornerstone of Google and Android, we've built sophisticated search
functionality into the application, with full text search capabilities for
users on the business plan."
After RIM's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone, Android is the
go-to mobile platform for businesses that want to allow their knowledge or
sales workers to manage content on the go.
Forrester Research predicted 10 percent of enterprises
are expected to manage or support Android OS smartphones by the end of the
As anecdotal evidence, Good Technology said it
its mobile management software deployments grow 43 percent since adding
support for the iPhone and Android last December.
support this growing desire for Android in the enterprise, Box.net is also
allowing third-party programmers to leverage the company's OpenBox Mobile API
to make Box.net's content management features available to other Android
Android isn't the first mobile platform Box.net has
embraced. The company, which charges $15 per user, per month for business subscribers,
Apple's iPhone and iPad applications, compiling more than 200,000
"We'll continue to invest aggressively in our mobile
platform, as we believe extensibility to mobile devices will be incredibly
powerful and disruptive across most categories of business software,"
Few would argue that Box.net's bet, which echoes that of Dropbox
and others who provide software to manage digital content in the cloud, is a safe one.