Open source, materially designed Android file manager. Fresh and colorful look with constant updates.
None, app is open source.
Plenty of file managers can be found for free on Google Play, or even those you need to paid for. I used ES file explorer since I started using Android and was a huge fan. But I’ve realized I didn’t need, or use for that matter, any of its extra features like network protocols (FTP, SMB etc.), task manager and so on. Couple of months ago I’ve heard of Cabinet, a file manager that has a small set of features that look great, and are more than enough for your average Joe.
Android file managers tend to have lots of features. But the general question should be, what does an average user need from a file manager app? Browsing, copying and sharing files on his file system I guess. And every single file manager app provides this.
But Cabinet does this in a most gorgeous manner. It follows all the material design guidelines provided by Google and favors simplicity over complexity. Let me get started.
All material designed apps look pretty much the same. Now some users like it, some don’t. I’d say there is an advantage to that, where most of the users will know how to use the app without special instructions.
Blue everywhere. That is the default color of Cabinet which you can easily change in the settings. There are three set of colors which you can change. Base color (the blue part on the screenshot), accent color (the pink FAB for example) and the background (grey, dark or black for amoled displays).
The folders are shown before files, and they are sorted alphabetically.
There is floating action button which let’s you create a new file, folder and a remote connection. I don’t like it, but … anyway.
In Cabinet, you can choose the grid size, ranging from one to three. I prefer keeping it at one, as is by default, but if you have lots of folders I assume three would work for you as well.
You can notice that compared to first screenshot, there are no breadcrumbs (top, showing current location). You can easily enable or disable them from the overflow menu.
Other things located in overflow menu is a filter (text, image, audio, video, archives, other), go up, show hidden files and show current patch (breadcrumbs). The button on the left is used for sorting (by size, name, change date etc.)
Next, the hamburger menu. Although I wouldn’t say it’s much needed on a file explorer, it comes quite handy. Sometimes.
You get quick links to root folder (if you’re rooted, of course), download and DCIM (camera folder). Also a quick link to music and image filter. App is completely free of charge, but you can easily donate do developer via link in sidebar (from $1 to $20).
Settings are as simple as possible. You can only change theme/colors and some elements from the settings. Is that a good thing? In case of Cabinet, I say yes, as it’s made to be simple.
On tablets Cabinet resembles the same look, with a small improvement. More grid size options. Although this feature was previously on phones too, it was removed as grid size over three was too small on phone layouts.
As good as it looks in portrait mode, it works in landscape too.
I did come across an issue or two while using Cabinet. One of them, is that I chose “always” while sharing a file with Bluetooth. Now I’m unable to get sharing options, even tho I deleted all data associated with Cabinet. It always shares with Bluetooth.
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- Open source
- Material designs
- Common updates
- Easy to use
- Some functionality could be improved