Box goes whole hog with Android app

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The new image manager in version 3.0 of Box's Android app.

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Box has updated its Android app and struck a deal with LG to give 50GB of free storage to customers who buy new LG phones.

The most notable feature of the new app is a built-in document previewer with support for more than 100 file types, letting users get a glimpse of things like PowerPoint presentations without having to wait for them to open. The previewer is is similar to the feature introduced in the iOS 7 version of Box earlier this year.

Other improvements include a new image gallery that displays preview versions of images so users don't have to wait for full-resolution versions to download, and a OneCloud app gallery, which will display Android apps created by third-party developers on Box's OneCloud platform. New apps include Documents To Go, an Android app for editing Word, Excel, PDF, and other types of files.

Box also struck a new deal with LG to give away 50GB of storage for one year to all new LG smartphone and tablet buyers. The company has done similar deals with HP and other vendors in the past.

Box filed to go public earlier this year, but has reportedly delayed its IPO because of market conditions. In the company's filing, it revealed that only 7% of its customers pay for its service. Deals like this could continue to draw more free customers to Box's service, but the trick will be converting these customers -- or the companies they work for -- to the paid version.

Here are some more screenshots:

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A PowerPoint presentation viewed in version 3.0 of Box for Android.

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Viewing a PDF in version 3.0 of Box's Android app.

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