ES File Explorer Version 3 Review – Holo UI and Much More

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  • 31 Mar 2013
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  • The most basic app anyone could have on their Android device and not only is a decent file manager. By decent I mean the most basic solutions that usually come pre-installed with customized versions of the OS by the different manufacturers. Still a file manager could be much more than that.


    A file manager can be used in many ways, and it can get the job done in terms of productivity. For root users alone the file manager is an indispensable tool for modifying the aspects of the system and much more. As for the basic user it depends very much on what the user expects from it. In any case, we are here to talk about one of the best file managers that was ever created for Android. ES File Manager is also one of the most highly appreciated apps on the Play Store, able to provide a number of features usually not found with any other solution of its kind.

    ES File Manager has been around for some time, though only recently has it been upgraded to support a new interface, having the latest holo elements in place. From there the developers also integrated some of the most used cloud features, including support for Dropbox, Box, Drive, Amazon, Ubuntu One and a lot more. As for the way the interface works, it is more based on swipe gestures than anything, with the buttons handy accessible from the bottom bar.


    ES Version 3 offers multiple screens, based on the concept of tabs. Going from one to the other with swipe gestures, one can assign to have the cloud storage on one side, and network LAN on the other, though you are not restricted to these two. You can also quickly close any tab or navigate through them from the top side menu. The side-panel accessible from all the way to the left side provides quick access to all the services and options. There is also the tab where you can access the app’s settings menu and options for handling apps, including back-up and uninstall. ES also provides a Download Manager that appears when accessing a link with an app or browser.


    Advanced features  offered by ES File Manager include root support with mounting the system RW and that’s not all. You are able to handle system files with the greatest easy, access archives and even look inside apk files and bring modifications to it. You can also use ES Version 3 to change system file permissions, most handy when installing apps to system. There is also a built-in media browser, including picture viewer, mp3 player and video player with support for many browsers. It’s all practically there, nothing missing.

    We’ve placed the apk for the most recent test version for ES File Manager Version 3 in the first dedicated article to download and install. It is without a doubt worth having.

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