Yesterday we published a piece regarding Astro File Manager’s now-mandatory ads. Earlier today, the developer of Astro (Metago) released Astro File Manager Pro. It comes in at $2.99, and its  only “Pro” feature at the moment is that it removes ads from the application.


Some users may feel this is a cheap-shot. I disagree. Metago has taken the high ground in regard to the paid apps philosophy, here’s how. The ad-supported version of Astro has all the features of Astro Pro, and is in no way limited in its functionality. To say that the developer deserves no income from their application (which is far and away the best file explorer on Android) is rather ludicrous, given the readily apparent effort put into Astro File Manager. The QR code is below.


Of course, opinions are bound to differ. What’s your take on Metago’s move? Let us know below.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.twitter.com/xxtwiztidyoshi Yoshi

    I agree they deserve to be paid for their tremendous efforts put in to their app... The paid version is basically just a donate version.

  • will

    couldnt agree more, i think this is very decent of them, full functionality with ads and full functionality without ads by donation, most people have been using astro for free for at least a year now i guess, so its time to give something back.

    besides we want our beloved devs to make money dont we so that they keep making us lovely apps

  • tery

    I think developer deserve to be paid for such a useful and awesome app. Price is little be higher than my expectation (should be around $1.99 or best 0.99). But still good.

  • buster

    XAll for these guys getting paid. Just wish Google could get their act together and roll out paid apps to Singapore so I have that option.

  • http://www.kembry.com Kenny Embry

    It's important for the Android community to get full time app developers that charge for high quality apps. We need talented developers whose wallets are tied to the popularity of their applications so they will continue to build and improve. Free is great for consumers, but until the community can demonstrate it will pay for quality, Android apps will suffer.

  • ali

    thanks for this

  • Tux2

    Astro is a great file manager. I don't have any problems with paying for it, but I don't use a Credit Card (in my country not so usual as in the USA).
    I hope they make a PayPal option also available.

  • kumar

    Google should make Android Market list paid apps for us users in Malaysia. As it is, I had to root my Galaxy S just so that I can run MarketAccess to pay for the pro version of Astro (i.e. had to SIM-pretend as T-Mobile US).

    With the way things are now, only 1 out of 50 Android users in Malaysia probably take the trouble to do the above. Likely the other 49 are using the free version or pirated copies.