Dropbox to be included on all Samsung flagship phones and camera

Users get 50GB of cloud capacity for two years for free

LAS VEGAS -- Dropbox on Wednesday announced tighter integration of its cloud storage and file-sharing service with Samsung products, from smartphones to televisions.

Dropbox said the deeper integration includes several new Samsung devices, such as the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Grand smartphone and smart cameras. Samsung cameras will automatically push the photos to Dropbox's cloud storage service.

Dropbox is available natively on the Samsung Galaxy III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and Samsung Galaxy Camera. Users configuring the devices will be offered free 50GB of capacity when they activate Dropbox, according to Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, head of mobile business development.

Dropbox's new file-sharing capabilities leave a thumbnail of the original photo or video content on secondary device that are also Dropbox enabled. The actual content will not download until a user clicks on the thumbnail.

"That way we don't eat everyone's data plan," Nielsen said. "It gives you the same access to everything, whether it's on your smartphone, laptop or in the cloud."

Additionally, Dropbox file sharing will be available on Samsung's new smart televisions via its AllShare Play application.

With AllShare play, users can bring up photos or video from Dropbox and view them on their Samsung Smart TV.

Nielsen also said Verizon has become a partner of Dropbox, meaning Verizon devices can use Dropbox's file-sharing service.

"Verizon and AT&T had blocked a partnership," he said. "So now AT&T is the only [provider] not using us."

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