Boost iPad productivity with the new Box OneCloud app

Some clouds for you

Box, an entrant in the Dropbox-style file syncing and sharing game, on Wednesday introduced a pretty exciting new service and corresponding app for iOS devices.

First, the app: Box has been available for iOS for awhile, but this update offers some key new features. In particular, with the new app you can now upload photos and videos directly from your iPhone or iPad to your Box account, from which they may be accessed by other devices or other Box users with whom you’re sharing. I have a hunch this could go over like gangbusters for anyone who needs to collect video from remote sources–say, reporters, educators, and researchers. Amber and I are going to get to work experimenting with this.

Second–and this is where the productivity comes in–is Box’s new OneCloud service. OneCloud is a platform for other mobile apps to build their own storage needs on top of. So instead of mobile app developers all needing to build their own storage/syncing capabilities, or being limited to only supporting Apple devices, developers can use OneCloud as a centralized storage place for both retrieving and saving documents. That’s a major improvement over the status quo–I currently use my Dropbox account to get files from a computer to my iPad or iPhone, but I can’t work in reverse. OneCloud is available now for iOS and coming soon to Android.

All in all, a couple of cool developments–I’m looking forward to playing with these new tools and seeing what partnering developers release to work with OneCloud. Look for followups in the coming days and weeks as Amber and I share what we’ve learned.

Image: Thanks to Lenny R on Flickr

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.