Dropbox is arguably one of the biggest filesharing apps out there and as it continues to gain in popularity with no real competition in sight (sorry Box.net), it is now buying up other startups with the latest being Bubbli.
Bubbli is an iOS app that creates 3D spherical photos it calls 'bubbles'. So rather than a flat panorama, instead you get a little bubble that captures a 3D view in a rather novel way. You capture the images, Bubbli renders the images together much like panorama apps stitch panoramas from multiple pictures.
Fortunately you don't have to have a Bubbli app on your phone to view the bubbles as they're vieweable from the Web or mobile browser.
Sending and sharing bubbles on Dropbox
In an email to its users, Bubbli confirmed the buyout and that it was working on integrating the service with Dropbox itself.
"The bubbles everyone has shared have blown us away. We’re working on integrating bubbles into Dropbox and we’ll keep you posted on our progress. Until then, you can continue capturing bubbles the same way you have in the past!" read the email from Bubbli co-founders Terrence McArdle and Ben Newhouse.
So if you just happen to have a Bubbli account, your bubbles aren't going away and with Dropbox including it as a tool, the longevity of the service is boosted. Dropbox did shut down Loom, a photosharing app, likely as it shared too much functionalities with its own photosharing gallery Carousel.
It would be interesting to see if the Bubbli founders will now also work on an Android version of the app and what other plans Dropbox has in future. It did also recently acquire the Hackpad text editor, the Zulip chat app as well as the Mailbox app, music player Audiogalaxy and Endorse, a loyalty shopping app.
Could Dropbox be positioning itself to be the better alternative to people sick of Google Drive or not keen on Microsoft's own Cloud services? Stay tuned.