Dropbox’s Android app gets document scanning feature in latest update

Scanning documents using my Android smartphone’s camera is one of those things that I do every now and then. Mostly because my Android phone is the closest thing to a mobile office that I have. Since it is the one that nearly does everything else, receive and send emails, edit documents and share them on OneDrive or Google Drive, it just makes sense to also use it as a mobile scanner.

Just like those two apps and services (Google Drive and OneDrive), popular cloud storage service Dropbox has updated its Android application to allow its users to also be able to scan documents on the go. The documents being scanned can be anything from the receipt from the supermarket that needs to be kept safely for record-keeping purposes or a hand-written note that needs to be shared later with colleagues.

Not only that, users using the doc scan feature, as it is called, will also be able to capture multiple pages and turn them all into one PDF.

Business users (read: those who pay a tidy sum just to use Dropbox in their companies) will be able to search through the documents being scanned and uploaded to the cloud using Dropbox’s built-in optical character recognition (OCR) feature for specific words. The feature is available for free to users of Microsoft’s OneDrive Android app.

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