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Dropbox adds automated photo uploads to iOS app, may be killing public folders

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Cloud storage startup Dropbox has upgraded its iOS app with several new features, including automatic photo and video uploads. Rumor has it the service will also be killing its public folders feature.

Dropbox has rolled out several new features ever since momentum built around the launch of Google’s Drive service, including a new easy way to share links to files, automated photo uploading from PCs and Macs, and a new Photos page. Now it continues the march to out-feature the competition with an improved iOS application.

Version 1.5 of the Dropbox iOS app lets users automatically upload photos and videos over Wi-Fi or cellular data, lets you see images and videos in a gallery view, lets you delete and move sets of files instead of individual files, and allows for uploads of any size. One other really cool feature for the app is that is can let you earn up to 3GB of bonus storage for your Dropbox account as you automatically upload photos.

On a related note, if this Dropbox forum thread is to be believed, the company will be phasing out new public folders as of July 31 in an effort to simplify its system a bit. Dropbox will let existing public folders continue to exist, but you will no longer be able to create new ones. Presumably, this is because the service wants users to rely on link sharing to files rather than have access to a whole folder.

Dropbox did not immediately provide us with an official comment about the public folders rumor.

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