Google doesn’t include a file browser with Android, because for the most parts apps manage files automatically. Snap a picture with your camera, for instance, and you should be able to access it in the gallery app, Facebook app, or other software.
But if you want a bit more control over your files — and support for browsing files on shared network drives, FTP sites, or other locations, there are plenty of third party file explorers. Solid Explorer is one of the most powerful, and one of the best looking. And now it’s available from the Google Play Store.
The app supports FTP, SFTP, SMB, and CIFS connections. It can handle ZIP, TAR, RAR, and other archive files. And it can connect to online storage services including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive.
Solid Explorer supports a two-panel layout, which makes it easy to copy or move files between directories by dragging and dropping. And if your device is rooted you can access root directories and files.
Solid Explorer isn’t the only file explorer app for Android with those features, but it’s certainly one of the best looking, with a simple design, attractive icons, and support for thumbnail images.