I am mad. I am angry at most of the tech community. Why? One of my favourite Android apps is severely underrated. It’s like driving an F-Type and having people ignore that little fact on the road, thinking it’s – I don’t know – a Celica or something. The tech world doesn’t bow to my F-Type enough.
That is the app. An amazing little file explorer for Android. I have dogged it though its alpha and beta development stages on XDA Developers because of course, I am vain like everyone else and like shiny new things and this little app had a gorgeous interface long before the Material Design craze. I believe it was a port of the stock MIUI ROM file explorer that, thanks to the enthusiastic XDA chaps morphed its way to a little wonder app.
Well, why do I hoot its horn this much then, this little wonder app? First, it is pretty pretty, like I said. And looks is almost everything, as we all know. Additionally, it’s free (and ad-free at that!)! I grab the APKs from XDA every time and that’s that. How then do the devs make money? A little on that later in this article.
It is really capable as well. This is the selling point. The sway from other file explorers like ES File Explorer (Which isn’t pretty at all and has been known to install stranger things in your device), Solid File Explorer, sijui Material File Explorer, et cetera. Its list of features is really impressive. For something that weighs in under 3MB in size it has a lot to be proud of. Root file access (provided you have rooted your device)? Check. Cloud storage management? Check (for all the major players). HTTP and FTP server simulation? Check and check. SAMBA, theme-ability, add-ons…
Add-ons. This is how it makes money. You get a truckload of features standard in the regular (free) install but you can flex & stretch it further with add-ons. These add-ons come with additional functionality such as RAR file zipper (it compresses and decompresses ZIP by default), ePUB & PDF reader… The list is lengthy. Here is a full list of features:
- Customization options that let you select any colour.
- Unlimited Tabbed browsing and dual panel in landscape mode with Drag and Drop between panels functionality.
- Create Tasks with Copy, Move, Paste operations.
- Various View Modes and Sorting Options for each folder.
- Customizable bookmarks drawer with essential file types already categorized.
- Advanced search functions.
- Export/Import all preferences, bookmarks, and customized skins.
- Opening zip files in network storage. – Integrated with 19 cloud storage providers, in addition to clouds with WEBDAV support like Yandex.ru, OwnCloud, 4Shared, MyDrive.ch, DriveHQ, CloudMe and CloudSafe.
- Root access for advanced operations. – User and System app management with data backup ability for rooted devices. – EncFS volumes supported for all storages.
- File encryption and decryption using Aescrypt file format. – Built-in FTP/HTTP Server.
- MP3 Tag Editor. – Built-in Image Viewer (with GIF animation support).
- Powerful Text Editor.
Built in media player
Works with Android 2.0+ (Gingerbread upward)
- SAMBA, FTP, SFTP, WEBDAV, BLUETOOTH supported as well.
I use this app daily on Remix OS as the default file explorer. It does have a couple of quirks, the biggest being that you won’t find it in the Play Store. (Grab it from XDA Developers or APK Mirror). Otherwise it is glorious.