Users of Synology branded NAS (network attached storage) boxes have been pleading with the company for a long time to add Android support for direct file management to the existing suite of apps - DS Audio, DS Photo+, and DS Cam. While having apps dedicated to remotely playing music, looking at pictures, and monitoring cameras is great, the primary functionality one would naturally want from a pile of hard drives attached to the network is, well, file management. Think Dropbox, except instead of the cloud, you use your own NAS box.
DS File, released a few hours ago by Synology, plugs this gaping hole perfectly. You can manage all your files remotely, which of course includes downloading and uploading, all over a secure HTTPS protocol. There really aren't that many more bells and whistles in this app, but that's OK, we didn't really expect them. As long as my NAS allows me to manage and access my files, we've got an understanding (though, automatic sync on schedule would be pretty sweet!).
With DS file for Android phones, you can:
- Browse important files stored on your DiskStation while you are away
- Download your favorite files directly to Android phones for offline browsing
- Remotely manage files on your DiskStation
- Upload files from your Android phones
- HTTPS support
- DiskStation Manager 3.0 or onward is required
P.S. If you're still not sure what kind of beasts these Synology NAS boxes are, have a look over at Amazon - they are simply awesome.