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As a long time Android user, ASTRO is one of those apps that has been on nearly every device I own/have owned. I've seen it change and progress over the years, and to this day it remains one of my favorite file managers.

And it just got even better on Jelly Bean devices.

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The app received an update today that brings a beautiful new UI to Jelly Bean devices; don't worry, the ASTRO team will be bringing it to "other" devices shortly. The look and feel is very Holo Light, which works quite well for this type of app. Swiping left to right displays the side bars that you see above, making quick navigation to other areas of the file system a breeze to get to.

Overall, this update is both gorgeous  and functional. If you have a Jelly Bean device and don't have ASTRO installed, now's the time to get it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Ricardo Moura Rocha

    Beautiful, but I'll still hold on to my solid explorer...

  • PINJ

    Es File Explorer All Day

  • Vivek Kabra

    Does it still have ads at the bottom ?

  • McKenzie McCarthy

    I have been using ES File Explorer but time to give Astro another chance. Interface is very nice so far.

  • Federico Díaz Real

    Solid Explorer is the best. Ever.

  • kervation

    Been using this since the Motorola Droid days and still awesome!

  • Kaero

    That's definitely beautiful but I think I'll stick with Solid Explorer... it's solid.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Request: Could you have a Play Store link to every app you're discussing?

  • Anthony Pettit

    is it just me or was no link given in the article?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/MorrisSEX Javier Cárdenas

    Deleted Astro a couple of days ago because I've been using X-plore File Manager since the Nokia N95's. I won't change its two-pane tree view of files.

  • dylan84

    Astro has been my go-to file manager since the days of my OG Droid. Love this Jelly Bean update!

  • Abhisshek Das

    Solid Browser is Still way much better

  • d

    Blah, it's clunky and crashes constantly now. I'm not sure why a UI update would cause so many problems. The sad thing is that I was excited even by the updated icon.

  • DefaultUser

    Interface is partly Holo, however it's still a mess imo. A persistent search bar? Why?

  • Laurence

    Well, since everybody is using this comments thread to punt their own personal favourite file managers, I'll put in a good word for the one I like best: File Explorer

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.appositedesigns.fileexplorer

    It's not as popular as the others (under 100,000 installs, compared to 50 million for Astro) but it's beautiful and the interface is slick. To my mind, it comes the closest to to approximating the feel of a hypothetical stock Android file manager, if Google were to include one in AOSP.

  • Chris

    No thanks. Solid Explorer beats Astro hands down.

  • blunden

    I somehow missed this. I was a frequent user of Astro on my HTC Magic and for a while on the Nexus One. I bought the paid version when they released it but later they released that god aweful theme they considered Holo-style (hint: not even close, in any sense of the word). It was as if someone was playing around in MS Paint. Maybe it now turns out that I didn't waste money on the pro version after all. :)