Device manufacturer HTC has partnered with Dropbox to give 5GB of free cloud storage to new HTC Android phone owners using the new Sense 3.5 interface, according to Pocket-lint.
With Apple soon launching its iCloud storage service and Microsoft pushing its Skydrive, the level at which mobile devices interact with the cloud appears to be intensifying. The HTC-Dropbox partnership will make it possible for users to access and store all kinds of files like music, video and documents in the cloud. Normally, Dropbox offers 2GB free, but Sense 3.5 users will get 3GB extra.
The first device to offer 5GB free Dropbox storage will be the female-focused HTC Rhyme Android phone, which is pictured to left and launching in October. All future HTC phones running Sense 3.5 will also get the 5GB cloud storage. HTC said it is unsure it will bring Dropbox service to its Windows Phone 7 devices because Microsoft already has Skydrive service inside of that OS. Skydrive offers a much better 25GB of free storage.
At this point, HTC has not said if older Sense users with Android phones will get the Dropbox storage, but we may see the company extend this offer to more customers in the near future to keep up with the competition.