A file explorer based around simplicity and design.
Basic features (adding/removing/cut/copy/paste)
Compress/extract zip file
Option to donate to the developer in the app
Android users have a lot of control over their file system, contrary to some other mobile OSes (ahem iOS). But control comes at the cost of simplicity, and most file management apps certainly suffer from this. Say hello to Sliding Explorer, a simple file explorer that still gives you control over your device.
Sliding Explorer is an app from Team Baller Applications, currently their only app on the market. It has around 100,000 to 500,000 downloads since the date of publication. Permission-wise, this app is a beauty. No internet permissions mean that you should not fear getting your privacy breached online.
The app greets you with a simple list view of all your folders and files present on your “home” directory. The interface is slick with its blue colors, great looking icons, and Holo-y design. If you do not like the blue, you can opt for a more classical light theme or dark theme by going through the settings. In the same settings menu, you can activate transparent bars that use Android KitKat’s new API.
Feature-wise, Sliding Explorer has all the basics you would find in a file explorer: adding/renaming/removing files and folders and cut/copy/paste – which were pleasantly very simple to use. The app also supports batching operations – just long press any file or folder, permission control (which, by the way, is found in the property dialog and requires root mode), and compressing and extracting file (using the zip format). Sadly, you cannot open compressed files, only extract them. Searching is accessible from the action bar, but lacks options: for now, you can only search using file name. Although you cannot change how your files and folders appear – they only show as a list – you can easily sort them folder first,alphabetically, by file size or by date modified.
Navigation in the app is mostly done using the sidebar that accessed by sliding to the right (you can see why the app is called Sliding Explorer). From there you have shortcut access to your SD card and your file system home directory. Also, all your files or folders you set as your favorite will appear there. Sadly, there isn’t a way to navigate to a specific directory other than to go to it manually or to set it as a favorite. Shortcuts can be added to your device’s launcher, which makes it for an easy way to get access to your Android’s file system.
The app includes a root mode, which can be enabled from the settings, but it is not as feature rich as some other file explorers out there.
Some may notice the lack of cloud services access in the app. In our opinion, this feature was not added for the sake of simplicity, and in some ways, it isn’t needed: cloud services already offer great client applications and let’s all face it, we do not use cloud service functions in a file management app.
As you may have guessed it, Sliding Explorer isn’t the most feature rich file explorer out there. But its selling point is based around simplicity and beauty, in which the app excels. Basic functions are where you would expect them to be, and the design is able to extend the Android Holo principle to the next level, giving you a headache free experience. Surely, Sliding Explorer isn’t for the most tech-savvy, but basic user will enjoy having an easy control over their file system.[appbox googleplay com.ballerapps.slidingexplorer]
Simple to use
Lacks more complex features