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May 21, 2014

Box reveals revamped Android app alongside new LG partnership

New LG device owners will get 50GB free storage.

By Vinod

Online storage firm Box has revealed an exclusive tie-up with smartphone manufacturer LG as part of a major redesign of its Android mobile offering.

Customers buying any new LG G-series device, included the upcoming G3 (set to be released next week) with the app pre-loaded will get 50GB of free storage for a year, with the offer valid until March 2016. Users with other Android devices will also receive 10GB free of charge as Box looks to attract customers away from competitors such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

"Mobility and the cloud are revolutionizing the way businesses and individuals connect, collaborate and stay productive," said Ramchan Woo, Director of Product Planning at LG Mobile. "We’re incredibly excited to partner with Box and offer our customers a simple, yet powerful solution for sharing and accessing content from LG smartphones and tablets wherever work may take them."

Following in the footsteps of its iOS cousin, Box 3.0 for Android features a revamped image, with an overhauled side-swipe navigation system and a stripped-back interface which allows you to find your files easily.

The app also includes several new tools, such as a high-speed document previewer which will includes support for over a hundred different file types, meaning you can check your content on the move.

The update also introduces an image gallery for those who upload a lot of photos to the service, meaning you can now swipe through your collection quickly and easily.

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"Over the years, we’ve introduced many well-loved features to Box for Android, enabling our millions of users to be more productive, collaborative and connected wherever work may take them," Box’s mobile product manager Simon Tan, said in a blog post announcing the news.

"Now, we’re thrilled to continue this momentum by offering Box for Android v3.0 – one of the biggest updates since we first launched on Android back in 2010."

"We believe the new Box for Android provides the best mobile productivity experience on any Android device."

The news comes as the company prepares for its long-awaited IPO, which was heavily-rumoured to occur in April but has since been delayed, and may not happen until June at the earliest.

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