Dropbox and Google

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by poiihy, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    There are several things that are similar between Dropbox's and Google's apps. At first I thought Dropbox was owned/part of Google but found out it isn't.
    Dropbox's theme and style looks similar to Google's.
    Dropbox used to use dl.dropbox.com for their files, just like Google used to use for some of their stuff, like Chrome. Now Dropbox uses dl.dropboxusecontent.com just like Google uses dl.googleusercontent.com (or they used to use it).
    Both Dropbox app and Google Chrome (and other Google standalone apps) are 32 bit (on OS X at least).

    This is very fishy. Comments?
  2. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    Add to your suspicion that Dropbox refused a deal with Apple.
  3. Jonathon71 Suspended

    Nov 23, 2014
    It is ture there are a lot of similirites between Dropbox and Google drive, but they also have some differences. I want to discuss about those differences.
    Google Drive is known for being able to support a large variety of files.
    Google offers 25GB for $2.49 a month, 100GB for $4.99 a month if users need more storage space. Dropbox rates on the other hand start at $9.99/month for 50 GB or $19.99 for 100 GB. Overall Google Drive offers more space for a cheaper price.
    The main difference in sharing features is that Dropbox shares from its desktop app whereas with Drive you can only share through the Web app
  4. TimelessOne macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2014

    Ok the theme sorry but no those look like some common web themes going on today. I can find several web pages that use similar thing. Chances are they are using one of the many bootstrap themes out there. That or they started with bootstrap and applied their own custom theme. Bootstrap is a javascript library. There are a log of things out there. Twitter Bootstrap is its full name. http://getbootstrap.com/2.3.2/

    As for the file names both using dl. Chances are because dl stands for something fairly common, Like download or dynamic library. The dropbox.com or googledrive.com. Those are used all the time as a why to say hey I know what this file name is. It belongs to us. Where I work we do that on files we generated for temporary purposes. If the customer see said file they know oh it is us who is generating it. It is US who it belongs to. It avoids confusion on if it was a string of random letters and numbers.

    As for still being 32 bit. Hate to tell you this but going 64 bit is often times a lot more work than it is worth. All it really gives you is ability to use more ram. If you are not going to be going closer to the 1 gig of ram usage you do not gain anything but a lot of head aches as a developer. It a lot of work for no gain.
    It is one of those things that is just not worth doing.
  5. poiihy thread starter macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    Dropbox supports absolutely any file. I think Google Drive does too. They both work exactly the same.

    This is not true. Google Drive has an app exactly like Dropbox.

    The price difference is the most puzzling part. They are so similar, as if they are the same, yet are competitors. :confused:
  6. Alonso Quijano macrumors 6502

    Alonso Quijano

    Jul 17, 2013
    This is incorrect. 1 TB of Dropbox space is $9.99/month

  7. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2008
    You can store html files in your public folder on dropbox. Sending that link to a user will render it as a regular webpage.

    With google drive, if you point a user to an html file, the user sees the html code, not a web page rendering of it.

    Thus dropbox offers a cheap and easy way to create a website which google drive does not.

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