The cloud content management system Box.net has just released a client for Android phones to cover a larger proportion of the business market. Interestingly, this client went live before the Blackberry offering – a strange move considering the large numbers of business users.
So far, Box.net’s iPad and iPhone apps have been a hit and the success looks set to continue. Both Android and iOS apps offer similar functionality allowing mobile access and management for consumers on the go which is a fantastic feature road warriors. Features include mobile uploads from devices, file previews, and sharing via email links. One advantage included in the Android app is a powerful search capability which doesn’t slow down with increasing numbers of files. Not surprising given that search is deeply integrated into the Android platform.
According to the founder of box.net, larger firms like Microsoft don’t offer much in the way of competition. Although SharePoint has recently added cloud capabilities – along with other Office programs – but how successful the SharePoint offering will be remains to be seen. There are other advantages to box.net including integration with other web based services that many find extremely useful in a business environment. Integration compatibility includes Zoho, Gmail, Twitter and even Fedex. There are more on the horizon and with such easy customisation integration becomes potentially limitless. Now with Android, iOS and (soon) Blackberry mobile acces box.net becomes a serious contender in the mobile cloud space.