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.

Theme Thursday: JAMT for CyanogenMod 7

Theme Thursday: JAMT for CyanogenMod 7

Oct 11, 2012

As my EVO 4G gracefully nears the end of its life I figured that now was as good of a time as ever to finally commit and root my phone. My mod of choice was CyanogenMod7 which is the highest version available for the EVO. I have been wanting to do this for some time and after doing so I have to say that I am glad I did. But this blog post is not about rooting and modding, as it is all about the wonderful world of themes. So I decided this week, in celebration, to do this Theme Thursday on my favorite CM7 theme (so far).

That lucky theme is called JAMT, which stands for ‘Just Another Minimalistic Theme’ and it comes in two distinct styles, black and white. For today I will be looking at specifically the white one, because, well, its cooler. The advantage to themeing the whole operating system instead of simply the launcher is that all the apps that fall under that OS are now themed in accordance with each other; bringing an enveloping, unified, and custom feel to any phone. This means that the messenger, dialer, contacts, clock, ect apps all have the same styling which is radically different than the more Gingerbread-esque that CyanogenMod delivers.

Judging from some of my past Theme Thursdays, it is easy to determine that I am a huge fan of minimalistic themes, and minimalism in general. So choosing JAMT was really a natural choice for me and it is one that I do not regret. The beauty of this comes in the simple way everything is portrayed; with the dialer relying on stark black and white as well as some well chosen shades of gray in the menus. The status bar looks great and gives almost a Windows Phone 7 feel to the whole thing. Even apps like Facebook and GMail are tweaked to adhere to the white , sterile regime.

One problem is the fact the the standard ADW Launcher does not follow suit as it is not a real part of CM7. I found this setback to be not a problem as I simply downloaded the ‘Elegant’ theme which fit right in with a nice white background. Other than that setting up this theme is no harder than downloading it from the Play Store and selecting it in a list, and unlike other themes in the past because it lays right on top of the OS there is no performance lost in the process. I would almost root my phone solely just to get access to themeing the OS like this.

Kindle Fire Rooted Immediately After Release

Kindle Fire Rooted Immediately After Release

Nov 16, 2011

The Kindle Fire is shipping, and many people already have it in their hands to use for their music, video, and reading content consumption. Of course, for a more dedicated set of users, they see a $200 tablet and think, “Why, this sounds like a swell piece of hardware for the price to tinker around with once it’s rooted.” Of course, who knows how long that could take, after all, there could be issues with getting root access, and who knows what else could pop up…

…oh wait, it’s been rooted already? Gee, that was quick.

Yes, according to Engadget, enterprising hackers have already figured out how to root the Kindle Fire. While this largely means that apps like Root Explorer (available from the Amazon AppStore!) will be able to explore the entire file system. The potential of what the device can now do is the real advantage of rooting. It would be possible for this to become a stock Android device soon. As well, with the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich now available, the potential for a true Android tablet experience on the device is quite possible.

Will Amazon leave this rooting hole open, though? While they might not want people getting away from their customized interface, designed to push Amazon services, an argument could be made to leave it open. This would be in the name of trying to drum up more interest in selling more tablets, but also in creating a word of mouth about the device. If hackers get to work on customizing the device, it will ultimately lead to more people talking about it. Getting people interested in the device and talking about it long after launch and the holiday period is a good thing, and will likely help out more than the revenue that would be lost if somehow Market access was enabled on he device. The Nook Color has been hacked to pieces, and the Nook experience able to be swapped for a stock Android experience. The device has done well enough for a new Nook tablet to be launched. Amazon might want to think twice before they make any possible move to close up the rooting hole.

Droid X Gets Froyo – Officially!

Droid X Gets Froyo – Officially!

Sep 24, 2010

Own a Droid X? Been waiting for Froyo? Not anymore! The Official 2.2 Froyo update for the Droid X started hitting phones early this morning and can be found by going to Settings>About phone>Check for updates. If you’re not sure what the heck we’re talking about, Froyo is the codename for the new Android OS 2.2.

Now all you have to do is hit install and start jumping up and down giddy with excitement. Flash, the new Gmail, and all the goodies of Froyo are now in the belly of that 4.3″ beast.

What’s new with Froyo you ask? It seems Verizon has provided us with a Droid X sized poster listing some of the new features and experience you will be getting once you update your Droid X to Froyo 2.2. Check it out.

So, what are you waiting for! Stop reading this and go get yourself some delicious Frozen Yogurt.

What about Root?
What about Root users? No worries, darkonion over at XDA forums and the Droid2 Rooting method have you covered. Not sure what Root access is? Then you should check out the excellent article written by the amazing guys over at Android Central on the hows, whys, and possible why nots of Rooting [HERE]. Everyone else can read ahead for instructions on how to root your Droid X 2.2 as posted by darkonion on the XDA forums and as always proceed at your own risk.

Sources: Verizon, Android Central, darkonion on the XDA forums