There are many differences between Android and iOS and one is the ability to use a file manager with Android, which combines with a file structure that combines folders and of course files. As standard, Nexus and Google Play Edition devices don’t come with a file manager but many recent HTC and Samsung devices do. Of course, there are hundreds of file managers available on the Google Play Store but today I’m writing about HTC’s file manager, which the company has just unbundled from the operating system and added to the Google Play Store. As far as file managers go, the HTC offering is no great shakes: it’s follows HTC’s Sense aesthetics and integrates between internal and external (MicroSD) storage with a sideways swipe motion.
It has the ability to filter those files showing and select multiple files for actions, such as copying or moving. So far, so good. I’m pleased to write that the download is only 2 MB in size and it’s good to see a manufacturer application not taking up too much space. For the majority of people, the file manager is something that’s only occasionally used and it’s a nice to have; it makes it easier to move pictures from internal to external storage, or vice-versa. There’s no ability to compress files, for example, which is something I use from time to time. Perhaps of more significance is the unbundling of the application from the operating system, which is something HTC have done to good effect with the Dot Matrix Case driver software. It means that it’s much easier and cleaner for the manufacturer to update these applications as it won’t rely on a software update to roll out the updates to each device.
This cuts any carrier completely out of the loop, which is good news: some carriers are relatively quick when it comes to approving software updates and some are much less so. This means that should HTC decide to bolster the File Manager’s features with a compression engine, or advanced filtering and search functions, it’ll be an easy roll out. Meanwhile, if you have a recent HTC device running Android 4.4 Kit Kat or later, hit up the Google Play Store for the update. And if you use the HTC File Manager, let us know in the comments below.