Skip to main content

Dropbox acquires startup app Mailbox

Image used with permission by copyright holder

By now, most of us are familiar with Dropbox; for those that aren’t, it’s a cloud-based service that allows users to access documents, photos, and video files from anywhere, without having to lug any device from home. Founded just six years ago, its membership has already soared to more than 100 million people.

Today, the company announced on its blog that it’s expanding even further, with the acquisition of startup Mailbox, an app which, as of now, is only available to iOS users. (We imagine they’ll expand at least to Android in the future, especially after this merger.) The app is a way to help you streamline your e-mail experience, weeding out all the clutter that still comes with even the best e-mail providers.

With it, you can “snooze” e-mails that don’t need to be dealt with until later with a simple swipe and a tap. Same goes for deleting and archiving. The company’s mission has been to help people keep their inboxes empty.

Being that both companies’ missions are to simplify people’s digital experience, it seems like a natural fit. “Whether it’s your Dropbox or your Mailbox, we want to find ways to simplify your life,” wrote Dropbox on its blog today.

As of now, the two services will remain separate – they aren’t currently planning to integrate the technology – as Dropbox does what it can do to help improve the Mailbox service and spread it to a much larger audience. But, as the crew at Phandroid pointed out, combining the two services into a single entity could, in turn, produce a major rival to e-mail super providers like Gmail, which most of us depend on for top-notch e-mail service.

Editors' Recommendations

Joshua Pramis
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Spending a childhood engrossed in such technologically inspiring television shows like Voltron, Small Wonder, and Power…
What the green and orange dots on your iPhone really mean
The orange dot on an iPhone.

Your iPhone and the iOS user interface are designed for efficiency and intuitive navigation from one page to the next. In fact, several of the iPhone’s most important readouts are actually located at the top of the screen at all times. These include things like the current time, your battery level, your Wi-Fi connectivity strength, and whether or not you’re using cellular data. But have you ever noticed a green and orange dots occasionally hanging out up there? 

The dots came about in iOS 14, and tapping these colored orbs doesn’t actually do anything. So what do they mean in the first place? You’re not the only person who’s asked this question, which is why we’ve put together this green-dot-orange-dot explainer. When you’re done reading, we’re willing to bet you’ll know more about this iOS basic than most of your friends and family.
What the green dot on your iPhone means

Read more
Motorola phones are about to steal these iPhone features
Someone holding the Motorola Edge Plus (2023).

Motorola and Lenovo have just announced Smart Connect at MWC 2024. Smart Connect allows users a seamless multi-device experience between their PC, phone, and tablet. Basically, it’s like the device integration you expect in Apple’s ecosystem but with Motorola and Lenovo devices.

Smart Connect is a big step for both Motorola and Lenovo, as it shows off both companies’ commitment to delivering a smarter software solution for everyone. The Smart Connect ecosystem will benefit all consumers, from students and gamers to creators and business users. And for Android fans who have been looking enviously at Apple Land, it's a nice taste of what iPhone, iPad, and Mac users have been enjoying for years.

Read more
How to download Instagram photos for free
Instagram app running on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.

Instagram is amazing, and many of us use it as a record of our lives — uploading the best bits of our trips, adventures, and notable moments. But sometimes you can lose the original files of those moments, leaving the Instagram copy as the only available one . While you may be happy to leave it up there, it's a lot more convenient to have another version of it downloaded onto your phone or computer. While downloading directly from Instagram can be tricky, there are ways around it. Here are a few easy ways to download Instagram photos.

Read more