Root Explorer Review

Root Explorer Review

Jan 12, 2015

Root Explorer looks to accomplish a serious task: give its user access to the file system on the host Android device. It is able to list all the data, in several ways, in such a way that it can be manipulated, on the device itself, without the need for a desktop terminal.

It is especially geared towards root users — Android users that have attained administrative privileges on their devices — as the hidden file menu (which is the bane of stock Android ownership) is revealed with this app.

The feature list Root Explorer possesses is what sets it apart. Off the bat, it looks like a business tool, with simple navigation. For folks that like a bit of customization, the app offers the ability to tweak the appearance; there are different themes, and the iconset can be played around with, in addition to how the files re2themselves are presented. The developer allows the user to create as minimal of a user interface as possible. File paths have an easy visual path that is easy to understand.

Working with data is easy. One can easily delete, duplicate, copy and rename files. Additionally, it is possible to do advanced operations, such as adjust read/write permissions, zipping/extractions, sending/sharing files via installed utilities and more. The basic operations (like copying) flow intuitively, allowing one to place a file precisely where one wants it. The tab feature is also great, allowing the creation of quick access “tabs” at the top; so, if one frequently accesses a specific file path, said location can be bookmarked via a tab.

One of my favorite features is the ability of the app to access external cloud storage tools; using the tab interface, one get access to Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. This is a very convenient tool. Just as impressively, it is possible to interface with network locations via Samba. Again, Root Explorer serves as an invaluable conduit that allows users to manipulate files remotely.

All in all, for root users, Root Explorer can be a very functional tool. It works well, can be tweaked, and is a breeze to use. Additionally, for folks on the fringe (or unrooted folks), free app Explorer is available in slightly less functional form. It’s almost impossible to touch on all the app brings to the table, and that is one reason it is so compelling.

It keeps giving.

Game On Lets Users Share and Download Game Saves From Other Users

Game On Lets Users Share and Download Game Saves From Other Users

Jan 17, 2012

It’s an idea that surprisingly hasn’t been implemented before on Android: sharing of game saves. That is exactly what Game On is attempting to do with its new app. This app allows users to download save data from the Game On servers to install on their games. This can be used to unlock all the levels in a game, for example, or to perhaps impress someone with ill-gotten prowess in Angry Birds. Those birds aren’t going to launch themselves, but perhaps someone else can!

The app comes with a few caveats; it requires Root and BusyBox in order to run, as app data is stored in the system folder, which requires root and superuser access. As well, it appears as if only several dozen games are supported, including Age of Zombies; this list should be expanding in the next year along with non-root access. The app also has to load up the list of supported games each time it loads, so it can be sluggish to use. Still, for those curious to get game saves on to their phones, this is an interesting app. It is available now in its beta form for $1.00 from the Android Market.