For anybody who's been on the Android rooting and modification scene for a decent length of time, the name "Root Explorer" probably conjures up flashbacks of hours of tense, tedious and immensely rewarding tweaking. The feeling of delving into your phone's file system for the first time and doing things the developers didn't intend for you to do could be provided by a number of apps, but the biggest name in the early days was Speed Software's Root Explorer. Despite added features down the years, the basic features and the headlining capability of delving into your phone's root file system have stayed constant since the days of old. What hasn't stayed constant, however, is the design – today's update brings a long overdue Material Design makeover.
New design elements include new animations, changes to the art direction just about everywhere and the patently Material hamburger menu. The search menu has received a redesign as well, and an always-on menu button can now be found in the top right of the app's interface. Everything from the icons to the share menu and the file properties menu now show off Material Design refits. The new interface even extends to the various info menus. All of the classic functions, from sideloading APKs to playing with your build.prop file, are just as you remember them, aside from the Material redesign.
This new spin on a very old app is available in the Play Store for $3.99. A free version, simply titled Explorer, is also available. Although it, too, sports a Material redesign, it eschews a lot of the cooler features of Root Explorer; namely, those that require root privileges. Messing around with system files, editing your build.prop and changing or deleting system apps are off the table, to name a few, but it's still a fairly good file explorer. It may fall short feature-wise compared to stiff competition like ES File Explorer, but its simplicity, ease of use and fairly rich feature set that can be accessed through the simple new user interface make it a top competitor in its field. Take a trip through the link below to check out the app for yourself, as well as the free version, made by the same developer.