Dropbox Carousel

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Dropbox Carousel
Developer(s) Dropbox
Initial release April 9, 2014; 3 years ago (2014-04-09)[1]
Development status Discontinued[2]
Operating system Android, iOS, web
Type Photo storage and sharing
Website carousel.dropbox.com

Dropbox Carousel was a photo and video[1] management app offered by Dropbox.[3] The third-party native app, available on Android and iOS,[4] allows users to store, manage, and organize photos.[5] Photos are organized by date, time and event[6] and backed up on Dropbox.[1] It competes in this space against other online photo storage services such as Google's Google Photos, Apple's iCloud, and Yahoo's Flickr.[6] Chris Lee, Dropbox's head of product development for Carousel describes the app is an add-on to Dropbox, a “dedicated experience for photos and videos” and a space for “reliving personal memories”.[6]


Mailbox founder, Gentry Underwood unveiled Carousel at a gathering in San Francisco on April 9, 2014.[1] Much of the features in Carousel come from Snapjoy, a photo start-up, that Dropbox acquired on December 19, 2012.[7] When Carousel was launched, it marked amongst many others, a series of acquisitions made by Dropbox to prep up before opening its stock for public offering.[1] The acquisitions would help demonstrate its expansive product offerings pitching potential profitability to investors.[1]


Carousel prompts users to free local storage once it has synced and backed-up local photos to the cloud.[4] Flashback is a feature (enabled by default) that pops up past photos or videos taken the same day a year or some years back.[4] Flashback uses an algorithm designed to identify human faces - resulting in greater likelihood of the owner’s picture or people in owner's close circle showing up.[4] A scrollable timeline, which was earlier a scroll wheel, at the bottom lets the user drag to photo(s) to a specific date with a finger swipe.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Casey, Newton (9 April 2014). "Dropbox unveils Carousel for organizing your photos and videos". Dropbox unveils Carousel for organizing your photos and videos. The Verge. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "What do I need to know about Carousel shutting down?". Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Molen, Brad (20 November 2014). "Dropbox Carousel comes to iPad and web today, Android tablets soon". Engadget. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d Lee, Nicole (December 9, 2014). "Dropbox's Carousel app now frees up phone storage for you". Engadget. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Raymundo, Oscar (16 October 2015). "iPhone 6s Live Photos turn dead-flat on Dropbox, Flickr and Google Photos". iPhone 6s Live Photos turn dead-flat on Dropbox, Flickr and Google Photos. Macworld. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Statt, Nick (October 20, 2015). "Google Photos hits 100 million monthly users after five months". The Verge. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ Sottek, T.C. (December 19, 2012). "Dropbox acquires Snapjoy, a photo aggregation and sharing service". Dropbox acquires Snapjoy, a photo aggregation and sharing service. The Verge. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
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