Every power user has a favorite file manager. It doesn't matter how many are installed or why, there is always one that takes the lead position. Of course, as new features become popular, it's not uncommon for people to switch out their favorite app to pull up one that offers whatever they need. The new must-have among file managers is support for writing to the SD card on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Root Explorer is one of those apps that has been on each and every one of my Android devices for years, and part of the reason why is that developer Speed Software has kept it relevant with near-constant useful updates. The latest, version 3.3, takes advantage of the revised SD card management on Android 5.0. Those with Lollipop devices can once again write to an external SD card even without root.
File browsers are a dime a dozen on Android. Ever since the dawn of the platform, they have been a staple necessity, mostly for power and root users. Despite some manufacturers, like Samsung, shipping their devices with a barebones file manager, third-party clients have always offered more features, sometimes even earning more than 50 million downloads along the way to become some of the most popular apps on the Play Store.
WebDrive, as its name would suggest, allows users to access files stored remotely as though they were available locally. The concept is far from unusual these days, with cloud storage progressively replacing local storage as the default way people save files. Still, this piece of software has built a name for itself on Windows and Mac. Now, after first shipping for iOS, an Android version has hit the Play Store.
File managers are a dime a dozen on Android. You can go the Play Store right now, search for "file manager", and immediately be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options you're presented with. Still, that doesn't stop newcomers from doing something different that makes them worthy of a mention. In this case, it's GeekSoft's File Expert HD, a newly redesigned take on the company's File Expert app.
This version of of the app is, as its name suggests, optimized for tablets (as well as Android 4.0+).
We all knew this day was coming, and now it's here: Solid Explorer has graduated from beta. As one normally expects, the final version of the application brings several new features to the table:
-Out of Beta, yay!
-Support for Samsung's Multi Window
-Support for subtitles with streaming videos
-Ability to set ringtones
-Busybox included in the app
-Fixed issues with refreshing the gallery
-Optimized package size
-Minor bug fixes and stability improvements
It also brings something else that was quite unexpected: a price tag.
I've noticed something: people who love Total Commander really love Total Commander. Like, they won't even consider another file manager most of the time. After seeing TC's extensive feature list, though, I can kind of see why - this thing's chock-full of useful features. And with v2 - which was released as a beta in early September - it just got a lot more powerful.
Version 2 brings a slew of new stuff:
- Drag&Drop files to other panel and to sub-folders
- Built-in media player with equalizer, play queue, background playing, full screen video in landscape mode, stream from LAN and WebDAV plugins (they need to be updated too)
- Improved stability of background operations
- Select a range of files/folders with a long tap on an icon
- Copy to external SD-Card on Android 3.0 or later even without root rights
- Multi-Window support for Samsung Galaxy N7000, N7100 and N8000
- Set permissions and owner/group for selected files
- Custom scroll thumb also in the editor to scroll long files more quickly
- Context menu now allows to add FLAC files to internal media player
The update's available now in the Store - hit the widget to give a try.
There may be a slew of file managers out there to choose from, but when it comes down to it, ASTRO is still my personal favorite. Maybe it's because I've been using since the OG Droid days. Maybe it's because of the continuous development. Or maybe because it just works. Regardless of the reason, there's no denying that it's easily one of the best choices when it comes to a file manager on Android.
One of those features is a root-enabled file manager, which was announced on the Cyanogen Google+ page a few hours ago. Judging from the screenshots, it looks to blend in seamlessly with other CyanogenMod features and the rest of the Android OS, with a really nice looking interface.