The official Dropbox client for Android is pretty simple to use, but it still requires one to navigate through multiple screens and options in order to upload/download required content to/from local and cloud storage. What if you could transfer data back and forth between your device’s local storage and Dropbox account via quick and simple drag and drop gestures? Enter FileDrop – a neatly designed unofficial Dropbox client for Android that does just that. Using the app’s beautifully-designed split-screen file explorer, you can speed up your part in the uploading and downloading of files through drag and drop. To keep you apprised of the progress of file transfer, the app also sports a native Upload Download List. That’s not all; FileDrop also features a Mail Mode and Link Mode to let you share local as well as Dropbox files via compatible apps including Gmail and Facebook.
The app’s interface comprises a solitary homescreen that is split into two halves, one showing files from your device’s local storage, and the other, those on your Dropbox cloud. The three cloud buttons arranged vertically at the right side of this screen can be tapped to launch the app’s Mail Mode, Upload Download List and Link Mode.
Needless to say, in order to explore your Dropbox content, you must authorize FileDrop to access your account. For this, just tap the large box icon at the top of the screen, and provide your Dropbox credentials.
Apparently, the app’s drag and drop function is applicable to files only (no folder support), and can be used to transfer just one file at a time. Using the app’s native file explorer, navigate to the desired source and destination directories on both the storages. Once that is done, long-press the required file, drag and drop it into the other directory. Tapping a file lets you delete it, or display its info, and if it’s a local media (image/video) file, you can also opt to view it.
Another noticeable aspect of the app is the cloud icon at the top-left of the screen that displays a blinking blue dot for as long as uploading/downloading of files is in progress. To further help you instantly know whether it’s a download or upload job, the icon of the Upload Download List accordingly displays a downward or upward arrow. While in Link/Mail Mode, use the same drag and drop feature to send the required files, and upon prompt, select the required option/app to share the file.
To reveal brief Account information, Refresh the app’s content or Logout from the service, hit Menu.
All in all, a good-looking app that has the potential to do even more. A few suggestions that instantly come to mind are support for batch selection and of both files and folders, inclusion of other cloud storage services such as Box and SugarSync, option to work in landscape orientation, and some information about the space consumption on both local and cloud storage. Still, even in its current form, FileDrop is way better than most third-party Dropbox clients in terms of both aesthetics and features.
FileDrop is available for free in the Android Market, and requires Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher to run.