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Dropbox opens Dropbox Platform to help build apps across devices and platforms

Dropbox, on Tuesday has announced the rolling out of Dropbox Platform, which will help developers build apps while syncing app data seamlessly across devices and platforms using Dropbox.

This new development includes Datastore API which help in using Dropbox beyond file sharing as from previous SYNC API, and will allow to sync data sets such as settings, contacts, to-do list items, or collaborative image thus providing a lot more power to the developers.

The API also ensures a regular updation of any changes across all devices. For example if a user makes any changes in its task tracking app from a smartphone app, the datastore will automatically make similar changes in the same app installed in a laptop or other device.

Other tools introduced include Drop-ins, which allow cross platform compatibility for developers with just a few lines of code. However, there are two types of drop-ins – ‘Chooser’ and ‘Saver’. where Chooser gives people access to the files in their Dropbox from web and mobile apps, the Saver allows one click of saving files to Dropbox via cloud.

Being a file hosting service that offers cloud storage and file synchronization, Dropbox offers its service to over 175 million people worldwide where more than a billion files get synced each day.

Founded in 2007, as a Y-combinator incubated company, Dropbox has raised USD 250 Mn series B funding in October 2011  and USD 7.25 million Series A from Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners earlier.

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