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MWC 2013: Dropbox now handles 1 billion file uploads per day, says CEO Drew Houston

Dropbox customers now upload more than one billion files every day using the popular online file storage platform, chief executive Drew Houston announced on a proud note at Mobile World Congress.

The CEO also claimed that the company's user base, which counts more than 100 million people among its ranks, accesses the online storage service from more than 500 million devices.

Founded in 2007, Dropbox's services initially allowed users to synchronise their data between PCs. Since then, Dropbox has evolved to allow users to store and synchronise files using portable devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The company is boosting its platform with new features that aim to position Dropbox as a central hub where people can securely store their data and access a range of tools, including such as graphic viewers and automatic uploads to the cloud from smartphones.

Houston also touted the platform's partnership with Samsung, likely in an effort to court even more partners from the mobile industry. Addressing network operators, he mentioned an "untapped opportunity" for operators to integrate the storage service into their consumer-facing business.