HTC offers Android users 5GB free Dropbox space

HTC has tied up a deal with online storage provider Dropbox to give its Android smartphones access to 5GB of free cloud-based storage space.

The company's forthcoming Android-based handsets will come with a Dropbox app pre-installed - and under the terms of the deal, HTC customers will get an extra 3GB of free storage on top of the 2GB allocated to standard free accounts on Dropbox, making a total of 5GB.

Previously, it had appeared that only customers with phones running HTC's latest Sense 3.5 interface would benefit from the deal - but the company announced on its official Twitter feed:

"We're proud to announce that we've partnered with Dropbox, bringing 5GB of storage to all of our Android phones.

According to IT news site The Inquirer, one user said, "When I installed Dropbox on my Desire, I suddenly get this message 'Your quota was increased to 5.25GB!' Nice of HTC to remember their current users."

HTC's offer will help its handsets compete with the comparable 5GB offered by Apple's newly-launched iCloud storage service, but with Microsoft's SkyDrive offering a whopping 25GB of free online space to users of phones running Windows Phone .5 Mango, some of them from HTC, it remains to be see whether it will be enough to sway consumers.