ES File Explorer received its first major update in a while this morning, bringing the popular management app to version 3.0. The major change? A brand-new UI that isn't really Holo per se, but does incorporate a slide-out navigation bar and swipeable tabs.

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Here's the complete changelog:


  • New UI
  • Fast Access(Press menu)
  • Multiple Windows
  • Send Files By WiFi
  • Gestures(Drag,Zoom,Slide)
  • Classic Theme
  • New Picture,Root Explorer,Tools,...

While there certainly isn't any lack of competition when it comes to file management utilities on Android, ES File Explorer has remained one of the most popular such apps for quite some time now, and a UI refresh was probably high on users' lists at this point. The new look is definitely better than the old version of the app, though the swipeable tabs seem pretty clumsily implemented right now, as they often bounce back or cause visible 'glitches' in the UI. For those who don't like the new look, a 'classic' theme can wind back the proverbial clock.

Head to the Play Store to grab the update now.

ES File Explorer File Manager
ES File Explorer File Manager
Developer: ES Global
Price: Free+