Dropbox vs Google Docs


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Dropbox
Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. There are both free and paid services, each with varying options. In comparison to similar services, Dropbox offers a relatively large number of user clients across a variety of desktop and mobile operating systems. DropBox alternatives for enterprise are: Box, Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365.
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Google Docs
Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite, and data storage service. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats. Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing amongst in real time. If you are looking for self-hosted open-source Google Docs alternative, pay attention to ONLYOFFICE.
Comparing Dropbox vs Google Docs is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Dropbox has better video than Google Docs



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Google Docs has more user-friendly interface than Dropbox because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Dropbox is more popular than Google Docs

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Dropbox Paper gets document previews (in 2017)
- Google updates Docs with new collaboration features (in 2017)
- Dropbox updated admin panel for Business users (in 2017)
- Dropbox launched collaboration app Paper globally in 21 languages (in 2017)
- Google Docs now let you create custom templates (in 2016)
- G Suite adds some intelligence to Docs (in 2016)
- Dropbox adds PDF signing, iMessage integrations (in 2016)
- Dropbox adds a new dashboard for IT admins (in 2016)
- Dropbox launched a new way to scan documents with your phone (in 2016)
- Dropbox will allow users to access cloud-only folders from Windows and Mac (in 2016)

Looks like Dropbox was recently more active than Google Docs (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Dropbox and Google Docs meet head to head:

2017 - Dropbox Paper gets document previews to challenge Google Docs


Dropbox updated its collaboration tool Paper. Now users are able to create folders on their mobile devices and move Paper documents into them; they can now delete or archive their Paper documents on their phones; finally, users can now preview Paper documents before opening them. Dropbox is also giving developers a way to create or edit Paper documents in their own apps, which is a move that will potentially move the product outside of the bounds of the traditional Dropbox experience. Paper is increasingly popular with designers. It basically turns the process of designing and building a product spec into a living, breathing flow of information online. So we may assume that Dropbox gets more collaborative than Google Docs

2015 - Dropbox buys mobile office app CloudOn to take on Google Docs


Dropbox acquired Israel-based mobile productivity startup CloudOn. CloudOn claims to have nine million registered users of its service, which allows users to edit, create and share files from Microsoft Office and others online. CloudOn has ceased allowing new user sign-ups today, and it confirmed that its products will shut for good on March 2015 as its 30-person team transitions to working for Dropbox. “We’re thrilled to continue building things that help people work better — and we’re proud and excited to join the Dropbox team to help people be more productive every day,” CloudOn’s executive team wrote.