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.
Solid Explorer has been in beta for a while, and it’s gained quite a following. Now you can download a free 14-day trial from the Google Play Store, or pay $1.99 for an unlock key.
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.
SPFT is new to me 🙂
I also use ES file explorer and i love it. Can it connect to skydrive, dropbox and other such cloud services? Not aware of it having that feature.
Yep. It does box, sugarsync, dropbox, skydrive, gdrive, s3, yandex, and ubuntu one. You have to click the drop down in the top left, select “net” then go to “new” to add one.
ES file explorer, free and best… Havn’t felt need for any other… Was happy to donate them after being using it pretty much everyday
I was going to say the same thing. Reading the features list, it sounds almost the same, but with a more polished look and for a couple dollars more. I’m going to keep using ES, but this looks like a pretty well-put-together file browser.
ES is one of the best. But this have lots of featues than it. This also can access system files and folders if the phone is rooted. This is morelikely ES-File Explorer + Root Explorer. Trust me you will not regret buying this.
ES is also a root explorer, although you have to jump through a couple hoops to enable the functionality.
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