Hosting and sharing service Dropbox currently has 175 million global users, and is becoming increasingly popular on smartphones. The service is about to undergo significant change in the beta version launch of Datastore, which can sync all app data and information from one device to another. When fully released, if its reliability of service and ease of use are proven, as well as third party integration, Datastore may surpass its competitors in data cloud storage.
In its move into app data, Dropbox and its Datastore can now store nearly all device data. It works across platforms and mobile devices, allowing a user to switch among devices, all with the same data.
There are existing services such as Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s SkyDrive, but Dropbox is not tied to a particular operating system. It can sync all information between all devices, no matter if they are Android, iOS, Windows or Mac.
“Dropbox Datastore can take your application data, which means anything from your contacts and individual app preferences, to high scores and progress in a game, collect it, back it up, and sync to each one of your devices automatically,” reports Digital Trends. “Helpful if you own both a smartphone and a tablet, and use the same apps on each.”
Datastore is also made to save information when the device is not connected to the Internet. Once an online connection is made, the service will sync with Dropbox. This is useful especially for devices that do not have constant Internet connections.
Despite being in beta, a team of developers, Xamarin, has already created an app that uses the Datastore API. Their MonkeyBox app copies images of monkeys to be made on the screen of a device as well as between devices.
Dropbox Datastore is what other cloud storage users wanted of iCloud, but Apple was unable to offer a stable service. At the Google I/O conference, Google revealed Cloud Save, its own app and game data sync service, but has yet to show anything since.