Android Wear is a cool platform that Google designed to have a more limited feature set. After all, it's running on a tiny screen strapped to your wrist. We need to remember, though, that it's still Android and that means people are allowed to run pretty much any insane pile of code on it. Case in point – File Manager for Android Wear. The name tells you what it is, and I'm telling you you should not spend $3.99 on a file manager for your smart watch.

Like other Wear apps, the file manager comes as a full phone app that syncs over a mini APK to the watch. After your wrist has been infected with a file manager, you can send files back and forth between the phone and watch, view photos or text docs on the watch, and cry yourself to sleep at night (this is speculation, not a built-in feature). The interface is a pretty old fashioned Holo dark scheme with teeny tiny buttons. It just doesn't look very usable.

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This app appears to simply be a tweaked version of the developer's regular free file manager for phones. Even if a file browser on Wear sounded like something I needed, I'm not sure $4 is the right price for adding Wear support. So, this is a thing you can spend money on, but I don't know why you would. Maybe there will be some use case in the future, but not right now.

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.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Fabian Pineda

    There's no such thing as bad advertising, I suppose. The dev will be happy to see people actually windowshopping.

  • Alexander Terry

    ask and ye shall receive.

  • Josh Crumley


    • Stoffers

      Not just any AKP, a mini AKP.

    • Kcls

      I'm so used to seeing "APK", that I pronounced your misspelled version in my head "A-Kee-Pay"

      • Marcell Lévai

        Same :D

    • dude

      How about AOKP?

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Some people just won't accept what android wear (smartwatch) is really for...

    • Mystery Man

      If this was an Apple smartwatch then we would be forced to accept whatever intended use they think we should use it for. Luckily its Google and YOU get to choose what it's for.

    • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

      I know! I know! It's for playing games right? Because I totally want emulate PSP on my watch... Maybe edit documents? Read Comics? Connect remotely to my desktop?

  • DemandTrialByCombat

    Hell yeah. Now I am just waiting for chrome remote desktop app for wear so I can write apks for wear from my watch.

  • Daniel Velazco

    So why give them the free advertising? ............

    • Guest

      It's not about the free advertising. You came to androidpolice.com and were interested enough in this article to click on it and comment. Thus you spent more time on androidpolice.com due to the new article about a dumb file manager for android wear. It's a win on both ends. If you don't want to give them free advertising avoid clicking the articles about this sort of stuff.

      • Daniel Velazco

        I follow you on G+ and only came on to the comments to write about this specifically. You don't need to sell me into following AP, in fact, comments like the one you just wrote as well as the crappy article written above makes me want to unfollow AP. Ever since Ron left, Artem is the only one left that does a good job around here. Good luck, and goodbye.

        • Steve Freeman

          You follow Guest on G+??

  • Guest

    I think this is the only valid response to this situation...

    • abqnm

      Is that the creepy uncle from Viva La Bam? Or his mother maybe?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Those lowres screenies...

  • dude

    So like this is my prediction. People will eventually want higher res and larger screen for their smartwatch for easier use, just like the trend with smartphones. So in about 3 years we have have smartwatch with 5.5" 4k or 8k display, running Snapdragon quadcore cpu and 3000mah battery.

    Well.. might as well just buy a wrist strap for your current phone or something.

    • zxo0oxz

      They already are running quadcore snapdragon cpus.

      • dude

        I'm talking about about high voltages like the one found in the LG G3 that bench 35k on Antutu.

    • Cesar

      I'm disappoint that there isn't a single Android Wear device with a 6" QHD display. Google sucks.

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  • FrankJL

    DEVS- It is a fucking watch. Not a phone.

    sincerely - purists

  • Nick Tsiotinos

    I'm waiting for Google Docs to come on the watch - can't wait to edit spreadsheets! I can see it now at the boardroom table - everyone else has laptops / tablets - me? On my watch - "Ok Google" "Edit cell A167 Sum A160:A166"........ heh heh.....

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Oh, that's a shame - we should have free and open-source file manager for Android Wear!

    /me gone porting GIMP to Wear.

  • Cale Masu

    Hello, it's just an App, you can choose buy or not buy it. Maybe some people find it useful, and even it's not very usable , it still shows what it's possible on the Watch. So please be nice.

  • Cale Masu

    For Developer or Hacker, it's always curious to know what's under the hood. The 'File Manager for Android Wear' clearly show you what's under the hood of Android Wear, it's still a Linux File System and Android runs on it. Developer also need pay the bills, build this App need to buy a Watch and that cost more than $200!!!

    • Steve Freeman

      I'm sure devs have other ways of accessing the storage other than via an on-screen file manager. (At least I hope they do...otherwise working on that thing would be time consuming as hell.)

  • Simon Belmont

    Free advertising abound. Frankly, for me, the existence of this app doesn't bother me. I know that Wear is meant to be a simple interface and not be cluttered with regular Android bits and functionality. But, you have a choice on installing this type of app or not.

    For me, I like being able to look at the files on my devices, so a file manager that's tucked away for that use (once in a while) isn't a big deal to me. I just think the $4 asking price is a bit much for being "first" in the file managers for Wear (as I'm sure there will be others), but it is what it is.

  • Sorian

    Price change, Now listed as $1.99 on play store "for a limited time".

  • Cesar

    "and cry yourself to sleep at night (this is speculation, not a built-in feature)"

    I can confirm that this particular feature is independent of the app.

  • Eker

    what the F

  • BruceWillisThrowsACar@You

    I want Super Meat Boy for Android Wear! Make it happen TeamMeat!

  • MrM

    Hi ! I send a file from my phone to my watch but I can't find it ! In what folder is this pushed file ?