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Box OneCloud app arrives on Android

Cloud storage service Box has made its OneCloud enterprise app store available for Android users.

Box OneCloud for Android features 50 new Android partners - from browser maker Dolphin to lightweight note-taking app Fetchnotes.

OneCloud, unveiled in March for iOS, is intended to bring together all your mobile business content into one cloud service. When users open up a file in Box, they see a cloud logo button on the top menu. Clicking that produces a drop-down menu with a list of compatible apps, allowing you to open files without leaving the Box app.

According to Chris Yeh, head of platform at Box, many of the most useful apps for enterprise users are from little-known companies. With OneCloud, Box is surfacing these apps that might otherwise get lost in the App Store or Google Play and making them easily accessible. About 25 per cent of Box iOS users visit the Box app gallery on a daily basis, Yeh said.

Expanding from iOS to Android with OneCloud was a natural progression. Approximately 40 per cent of Box customers are mobile users and 30 per cent access Box exclusively from mobile devices. There's been a "tremendous interest" in Android from businesses, Yeh said.

Box is also prepping a OneCloud SDK, which will allow even more app makers to join the service. "We make it dead simple for them to do so," Yeh said. "You can implement Box OneCloud in half a day with a good developer."

Of the 50 partners launching on Android, about 11 of them overlap with the iOS app. Some of the apps Yeh highlighted include iAnnotate, a PDF annotation offering, as well as e-sign app DocuSign, and Breezy, which provides mobile printing on-the-go. OneCloud will appear as an update to the existing Box Android app; those who don't already have it can download via Google Play.