Google Drive May Finally Be Coming in April 2012

Google’s rumored cloud storage service – Google Drive – has reportedly been in development since 2006, with rumors of an imminent launch surfacing every 2-3 months. However, according to a report by GigaOM, it may finally be launched this April.

Google’s Gdrive will reportedly offer 1 GB of free storage, and charge for additional space, which is less than what Dropbox or Microsoft’s Skydrive offer.

It will come with a local client for all major platforms, and also support a web based interface which will be similar to the Google Docs interface. It may be integrated with Google Apps and Google Docs, with multi-user support, and sync capabilities across multiple devices.

To maximize its reach, Google may bundle it with Android devices.

Google has been too late to this space, which it could have easily dominated had it launched something a couple of years ago.

While Google Drive may not generate a lot of revenue directly for Google, it may help it gather more data about users, and improve its search results in some way.

With its massive data centers lined up across the globe, it is one of the few tech giants which could provide cloud storage services at a low cost. It will be interesting to see how Dropbox, Box and other competitors respond to Google’s entry in the space.

Android Users, Here is Your Chance to Get 23 GB Free Space In Dropbox Right Now!

Another day, another Dropbox hack, and you get more Dropbox storage space for free. But this time its huge – a whooping 23 GB. For nothing!

All you need is an Android device and no more than 180 seconds from your life.

Before you proceed, I want to make two things clear. First, this is not an official promotional campaign from Dropbox and the following steps involves installing a third party APK file on your Android device. If you don’t know what that means, it would be better not to proceed any further. Installing third party applications from unknown sources can be harmful in more ways than one so please be careful and proceed only when you know what you are doing.

1. On your Android phone or tablet device, uninstall the official Dropbox app from settings > applications > manage applications > Dropbox > uninstall.

2. Download this APK file on your Android and install this experimental build on your phone. You might have to turn on “Unknown sources” under settings > applications.

3. Once you have installed this experimental build, sign in to your Dropbox account from Android, wait a couple of minutes and you should see your Dropbox storage space bumped up by an earth shattering 23 GB.


This will be followed by an email from the Dropbox team which reads:

Hi [user],
Congrats on becoming a Dropbox Guru! We’ve awarded you 23 GB of bonus space for the next 24 months! You now have 29.5 GB on Dropbox. To get even more space, check out our upgrade options.Thanks again for supercharging your HTC device with Dropbox. Enjoy!

This 23 GB free Dropbox space will only last two years but a little more space doesn’t hurt anyway. Once you have obtained the 23 GB free space from Dropbox, you can uninstall the third party APK and then re-install the official Dropbox app from here.

Jokes apart, I am a little skeptical over these insanely tempting hacks that pop up every now and then, so I tried this one on one of my dummy Dropbox account (just don’t want to mess my main storage in greed of more free space). I am just wondering why Dropbox is not at all concerned about these hacks? Even kids can exploit this very useful service with fake accounts, store an enormous amount of junk in the cloud or try to spam the web with gigabytes of files stored in the public Dropbox folder.

Thank you Rajesh for the tip hack.

Share A Dropbox Folder With Facebook Friends

Popular file sharing service Dropbox has just introduced a new feature, now you can invite your Facebook friends to a shared Dropbox folder from the Dropbox share page. Shared folders in Dropbox is ideal when multiple people need a single storage location for storing common files, and no one does it better than Dropbox does.

To invite your Facebook friends to any of your shared Dropbox folders, head over to the Dropbox share page, connect your Facebook account and create your shared folder. To share an existing folder, check the option “I would like to share an existing folder”.



Hit “Next”, type in the name of your Facebook friend(s) and click “Share folder”. You can add multiple friends but there is no way to add an entire friend list or share a specific Dropbox folder with an existing group of friends on Facebook. You have to type in the name of each friend one by one, so this is not a very convenient option as far as mass collaboration is concerned.


When you have shared a desired folder with any of your Facebook friend, he will get a notification that you have invited him to view the contents of a shared folder from your Dropbox account. Once he clicks the invite link, he will be asked to sign into his Dropbox account for accessing the content of the shared folder. Which means, this shared collaboration is not entirely open in nature and works only if your Facebook friend knows what Dropbox really is.

Here is what your Facebook friend will see:


In order to view the contents of the shared folder, your Facebook friend must register for his own Dropbox account. Since this is not really the case of a usual Dropbox referral, you won’t get any extra storage space if any of your Facebook friend joins Dropbox from a shared folder invite. Actually this is good, keeps the space crave spam in control.

However, this drive will surely give Dropbox a social trigger and might help accelerate its reach towards users who are on Facebook but aren’t using Dropbox yet.

Personally, I would still prefer sharing via email. I have many Facebook friends who haven’t heard about Dropbox yet, so it would be foolish on my part if I invite them via a shared folder invite. Instead, I can earn free space by sending them a referral link and then share a folder from my Dropbox account.

Hello Samsung Portugal, Your Free Dropbox Space Offer Can Be Hacked In 5 Minutes

Getting free storage space in cloud storage services like Dropbox is always tempting, everyone wants more free stuff without having to pay for it. While there are legitimate ways to bump up your Dropbox storage space for free, should you opt for hacks and loopholes?

Here is a scenario where Samsung Portugal is giving away 2 GB of free Dropbox space to Samsung customers who have an Android device. The offer is available only for Portuguese citizens who have bought an Android device from Samsung in Portugal only. But in reality, this offer can be gamed by anyone regardless of whether you are a Portuguese citizen or not. That is not all, you don’t even need an Android phone or an email address for verification, as the entire process can be gamed through fake credentials and fake IMEI number. The offer is ending on April 2nd 2012 or after the sale of 1,00,000 Samsung units, whichever occurs first.

So here is the deal. Go to the Samsung Portugal offer page, which is written entirely in Portuguese, you may use Google Translate to read the instructions or use inline language translation of Google Chrome to keep things simple. You will be asked to enter your email address for future correspondence. For the sake of trying this out, enter any random email address, hit the “avancar” button twice and you are through. No verification required at all!


2. The next page consists of a simple form where you will be asked to enter basic details e.g phone number, mobile number, gender, name and date of birth. There is a DWR field where you have to key in an 11 digit CPF code. That’s easily fixed, thanks to this website which will generate a random CPF code for you.


The last step involves choose a model number and entering the IMEI code of your Samsung Android device. We won’t reveal any further, as we are strongly against using such hacks and vulnerabilities, but here is a hint. You can choose a device from the dropdown and enter any random IMEI number to see if luck gives a nod. I am not telling which device you have to choose but I tried this several times until my fake IMEI number was accepted and I was given a free Dropbox coupon code.

dropbox-samsung-offer-hackRest of the part is easy, head over to, sign in to your Dropbox account and enter the coupon code you obtained from the Portuguese Samsung portal. You will instantly see your Dropbox storage space getting an increment of 2 GB. This hack was originally unveiled by Mathheu at XDA forums (the forum post has been taken down now), a quick Google search reveals that the entire procedure is still available on quite a good number of sites. [via]

This is insanely hilarious as well as awful, considering the company we are talking here is Samsung.

Disclaimer: We are only broadcasting this vulnerability and we have neither devised this hack, nor we can be held responsible for any loss which can occur to your Samsung and Dropbox properties.

Dropbox For Android Updated; Automatically Uploads Your Clicked Pictures And Get Upto 3GB Space Free

At the beginning of this month, Dropbox released a beta version of their Windows and Android client with certain new features and UI improvements. The main change in the beta version was the ability to import all the photos you have clicked from your phone’s camera, and automatically upload it to Dropbox. Since full-resolution photos can take up quite a bit of space, the company was also offering 500MB of free space for every 500MB of photo a user uploaded, with a maximum of up to 3GB.

Today, Dropbox has updated the Dropbox app on the Android Market with the above said features. After installing the latest update, users will be greeted with an option to turn on the Camera Upload feature, and whether they want to upload the pictures on Mobile data network or while connected to a Wi-Fi network. The app will work in the background, and will silently upload all your existing and future snaps to a private ‘Camera Uploads’ folder on Dropbox.

The iOS version is also under testing, and the update should go live sooner than later. The Windows and Mac clients will also be able to automatically import all your photos whenever you connect a digital camera or a SD card to your PC. The clients are still in testing, but users won’t need to wait for too long for the update to go live.

A Truckload of Wholesome Updates Confirmed Coming to SkyDrive


After several leaks of upcoming SkyDrive features made the rounds on the internet in the past few days, Microsoft confirmed a bunch of fantastic updates to SkyDrive on their Building Windows 8 blog today.

Let’s look at what was announced in the post by Omar Shahine and Mike Torres, Group Program Managers for SkyDrive:

  • Metro-style SkyDrive app for Windows 8
  • Windows Explorer integration of SkyDrive
  • browsing of remote computer files


SkyDrive Metro-style App

Browse folders on SkyDrive

In addition, several other items were confirmed:

  • The SkyDrive desktop app is not limited to Windows 8. It will be supported on Windows 7 and Windows Vista as well. Curiously (and perhaps, deliberately?) no mention of a Mac desktop app, even though the screenshot leaks showed there may be a Mac app coming as well.
  • The post also confirmed that SkyDrive, which offers 25GB free as of today, will have the ability to get upgraded. Obviously, no details were mentioned about the pricing or the tiers, but finally we have official confirmation that we will be able to upgrade that storage, so we can use it meaningfully as a “personal cloud”.
  • SkyDrive was recently updated to handle file sizes of up to 100MB, but in today’s day and age it could be a limiting factor, especially with videos. Today we have confirmation that we will be able to upload files with sizes up to 2GB!
  • With the remote file browsing feature, we also have confirmation that there will be 2-factor authentication required, unless those PCs are trusted PCs.

Finally, because SkyDrive app will be available to any other app in Windows 8 via Charms and Contracts, every app developer now has access to the SkyDrive. Any app which opens and saves documents and photos, will automatically be able to use SkyDrive for the purpose. This will be a wonderful feature for app developers as well as customers, who will have instant access to their SkyDrive files in Windows 8.

Get 5GB Free Space on Dropbox For Trying Out Their Beta

is no doubt one of the most popular file synching software for PCs and mobile phones alike. To start out, Dropbox gives users 2GB of free space (and an additional 250MB) and then allows users to earn additional space by referring friends. However, you can earn 5GB of free space by downloading the beta version of Dropbox.


Users who download the beta version of Dropbox and help the developers fix the bugs will get up-to 5GB of space for uploading photos and videos from their mobile phone, camera or SD card. You will receive 500MB of space when you first import your photos or videos to Dropbox and continue earning additional 500MB of data for every 500MB of photos or videos you upload to the cloud.

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Dropbox has been growing rapidly and there were some hints that they might also integrate with Google Docs soon, however, nothing has come of it yet.

Beta software can often be buggy and sometimes crash your system. However, if you are willing to take the risk, you can download the beta version of Dropbox from here. Also, don’t forget to check our section to find free online storage for your files.

[via Engadget]

GTA3 and Dropbox for Android Updated

Now that the Galaxy Nexus, the first Android handset running Ice Cream Sandwich is  publicly  available, its time for developers to update their apps according to the magazine style UI. The team behind Dropbox has done exactly that, and have released a major update for the app in the Android Market. The new update brings a new overhauled UI, bulk uploads and more.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  • Completely redesigned the app and added lots of new features!
  • Favorites: quick offline access to files
  • Bulk upload photos and videos
  • Rename files and folders
  • Single-tap access to all file and folder actions
  • Improved gallery view
  • Upload from and export to local storage
  • Optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
Readers can download the latest version of Dropbox from here.
In other Android apps and games related news, Rockstar has updated its recently released GTA III game on the Android Market to add support for the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2 and a few other handsets. The overall stability and performance of the game has also been improved. The company has also reduced the price of the game by 40% until December 29th. GTA3 can be purchased from the Android Market for $2.99 from here.

Sony Ericsson Offers Xperia Users 50 GB Free Space on Box.Net

When Apple launched the iPhone 4S,, a cloud storage service, announced that it would offer 50 GB free storage space to all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users who signed up for a Box personal account within 50 days.

Even HTC recently tied up with Dropbox to offer free 5 GB storage with every HTC Android phone.

Sony Ericsson has announced an even better offer today. It has teamed up with to offer 50 GB of free cloud storage space for every Xperia phone owner.

To avail of the offer, you just need to download the app from the Android market, create an account and log in before December 31, 2012 (the deadline might actually be December 31, 2011, so just register before that to be on the safe side). is the enterprise focused counterpart of Dropbox. It is trying to grab share in the consumer cloud storage market from Dropbox, which recently raised funding at a $4 billion valuation.

It’s nice to see that smartphone manufacturers are now trying to differentiate their products with such promotions and offers, instead of fighting a war based only on hardware specifications.

Samsung & LG still don’t offer any free cloud storage. Presumably, they will offer some such deal with Dropbox or too, in the near future.

HTC to Offer Free 5 GB Dropbox Storage with Every HTC Android Phone

HTC has finally announced that it will be providing 5 GB of free storage on Dropbox, which is a cloud storage service, to every user of its Android handsets.

Dropbox currently offers 2 GB free storage to users, and charges users for extra storage. HTC has entered an agreement with Dropbox to provide 5 GB total free storage to each of its Android smartphone users. Earlier, it was leaked that the deal will be offered to all users who use an HTC phone with HTC Sense 3.5, starting with the HTC Rhyme. However, HTC tweeted today that it will be providing the service to all HTC Android phones.

@htc: We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with @Dropbox, bringing 5GB of storage to all of our #Android phones.


Apple iPhone users currently have iCloud for remote data storage and syncing, while Windows Phone users have 25 GB storage from Skydrive. However, Android users didn’t have any such option.

If Google does launch its rumored Google Drive service in the near future, I expect it to bundle some free storage with all Android devices.

While this isn’t much compared to what Microsoft offers with Windows Phone, it’s a great start. Hopefully, other Android manufacturers like Samsung will also tie up with Dropbox offering deals like this to users.