Solid Explorer Beta was released a few months ago, and was instantly a fabulous file management app. It's clever use of swipable columns and fragments makes it easy to move things around. If you've noticed a distinct lack of updates as of late, there's a reason for that. The developer is unable to update the original app anymore, so it's been unpublished.

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The old beta version of the app is now expired, and directs users to update in order to continue using Solid Explorer. The new version, going by the moniker Solid Explorer Beta2, has a few improvements, and the changelog includes a little apology:

I have to apologize all of you that you have to install the app from scratch. Unfortunately I've lost the ability to update the previous version. I promise that it will never happen again.

The most likely causes of this are that the developer either lost the encryption key file, or forgot the password. It's not all crummy news, though. Even though you have to seek out the new app, it comes with Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive integration. You also get a new MD5 calculator, a new icon, and some additional translations.

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I've been using Solid Explorer Beta for a while, and the new version is just as great as the old one. For the more serious Android users, it also supports root access. It's still free, but I imagine a paid version will happen in the future.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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    If this turns into a paid version I would have no problem dropping 2-5 dollars for it. The developer does good work and deserves to be paid for his dedication and hard work.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      To be honest, I'm surprised he hasn't yet.

      • Jays2Kings

        It will, he said that once it's out of beta, there will be a full version (not if there will be a free version running beside it, either way I'd buy it).

  • Chuck Testa

    I still use ES File Explorer because it does everything you need it to?
    I can't see why anyone would change to this, I can't see anything ground-breaking.

    • usnmustanger

      "I still use ES File Explorer because it does everything you need it to?"
      Is that a question? Then the answer is "No."

    • Kokusho

      es file explorer is an ugly non ergonomical old piece of software that may be doing what you ask it to do but is the perfect exemple of what makes android so consummer unfriendly.

      • Cheeseball

        It's ugly, yes, but it's not "consumer unfriendly". It's easy to use, comparible to Root Browser or Total Commander.

    • Cheeseball

      ES File Explorer works okay, but it's got a pretty ugly interface.

  • Dominic Scatto

    How does this compare to ES File Explorer or Root Browser?

    • KreeTerry

      Honestly it doesnt. SE is by far the best file browser on android or any other platform for that matter. I have heard many say that is one of the best android apps available, and i would agree. the amount of polish and features in this app is phenomenal. Only issue ive seen is browsing /system is sometimes impossible. You click the directory and it just loads forever, it was supposed to be fixed in this release but it stills persists for me

      • Karthik Kumar

        Actually that happens coz Solid Explorer by default doesn't not ask for Root Permissions using Superuser when it starts up. It only does so when you access system or root directories. So the first time you go into the system directory, it doesn't show anything at all. But if you go up a level and go back into system, it'll show the "Solid Explorer has been granted Superuser Privileges" and show the contents.. It's a minor niggle..

  • usnmustanger

    A relatively minor inconvenience for a fantastic app.
    For those pondering the merits of this app vs. other file explorer apps, I say, it's merely a matter of personal preference. They all have compelling features, and it's the subtleties goverened by personal needs and preferences that differentiate them.
    Lager vs. IPA, marinara vs. bolognese, to-may-to vs. to-mah-to... You get the point. Try them and choose the one that best suits your needs. Just please don't come back here and pollute review articles with comments like "my chosen app is better than this one." 'Cause you know what they say about opinions...

  • Himmat Singh

    Why is this free again? (like totally free w/o ads and such)

  • AndreGSNE

    Now that, is a what you would call a high quality app.

  • Freak4Dell

    Nice. I've pretty much switched from ES to this, mostly because of the double pane interface. It makes copying and moving files so much easier. Now that Google Drive is integrated, maybe I will actually start using Google Drive.

  • Alroger Jr

    No problem, why would I want cloud integration in my file explorer anyways???
    And what is PSA?

    • CeluGeek

      PSA = Public Service Announcement.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      So you can manage files in the cloud from one app? Why wouldn't you want those? And even if you're not using this functionality, again, what's the downside of having it?

  • diem

    This app is gold but here's one or two issues I've had:
    When you get a .rar file in an email, if you've only got SE installed it only gives you a "info" button, whereas if you have ES explorer it also gives you "view" and "save". Pretty big IMHO. Also, viewing images inside a zip/rar is not continuous, you've got to go back and tap on next. Either way, this app is great and I'd happily contribute some bucks to the dev.

  • FirefighterMatt56

    I have used SE since the original article has came out about it. I personally think it blows all of the other file explorers out of the water just by how everything is set up. Being able to have 2 folders opened at once and drag/drop between them is unheard of outside of this app that I have noticed. I have used it A LOT. I will definitely drop a few $ to the developer when it is out of beta.

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    Using it for few months, best exploler

  • Tim242

    This is the most user unfriendly mobile site I've ever seen. The new comments format makes it even worse.