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Astro File Manager Receives UI Overhaul With Quicker Navigation, Access to Google Drive and Dropbox


Astro File Manager, one of the most popular file browsers on Android, received a major overhaul today. Actually, this is almost beyond being just an overhaul – this is like the introduction of a whole new app.

First, the UI is completely different. It’s built off of ICS guidelines, includes panel swiping to reveal menus, storage locations, settings, and other shortcuts. You can quickly browse through recently used or added files, search by filetype, and even save those same searches for later use.

Beyond the UI changes, the Astro team also included support for Dropbox and Google Drive. You can now access your files and folders from two of the more popular cloud storage service options on the planet.

Update:  According to the Play store listing, this update is only for Jelly Bean users. Sorry, ICS users.

All I can say is, “Well done, Astro.” 

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  • itznfb

    I was all excited until I saw JB only… the old interface for Astro is horrid.

  • Stinker

    I just recently quit using Astro because every time I open it the UI has changed.

  • MafiaMM

    Beautiful but only for Jelly Bean x(

  • Crashes a lot. (and yes, I’m on JB).
    The main explorer window covers only 85% of screen. Waste of space.
    Back button not only takes you to last folder. It starts doing the last operation. Very irritating.
    No exit button. Keep pressing back back back back till you reach where you had started and then only it exits.
    Nothing useful in settings.
    Task Killer…? App Manager…? Please… do file manager correctly first. Not looking for a swiss army knife.

  • Migamix

    yeah, not ready for prime time, limited funcationality and after using it for 5 min and ive already had to send off an exception report

  • dylan84

    Love Astro. Have been running it since I had my OG Droid. Glad to see a huge update like this

  • Darksthour

    Is it better than root explorer? I use that for everything. Also yes I know you don’t need root to use Astro but I can’t see using anything else besides Root Explorer.

  • Elliot Rutt

    I don’t see any difference after the update. No connection to drive or DB.

  • +1 Astro

  • Can you move dropbox files around?

  • John

    Nice. Solid Explorer has been the #1 as of lately. Glad to finally see Astro get some needed changes

  • kwubba

    Awesome UI…love the Google Drive integration! Icon based now with thumbnail of the document. Very cool!

  • KreeTerry

    well in pretty much all aspects its not quite where solid explorer is but its nice to see a classic step up to the plate and get a decent run. gonna instal just to keep an eye on development.

  • interstellarmind

    You need to be running Jelly Bean to get the new UI and cloud storage.

    App page states that availability to previous Android versions is “coming soon.”

    • With this update astro moves into a nice middle ground. I look forward to the day I can do a search within it, or go to settings without it crashing...Millionaire4Project.blogspot.com

  • Might want to state this is for Jelly Bean only for the moment.

  • Havoc70

    Astro 4 is crap nothing but force closes.

  • King of Nynex

    It says I updated, but it’s exactly the same….

  • Matthew Porreca

    Full of bugs on n7 but I am extremely impressed. My votes had been for overall feel of the app to Asus transformer file manager and for features to e2. With this update astro moves into a nice middle ground. I look forward to the day I can do a search within it, or go to settings without it crashing.

  • I highly recommend Solid Explorer, best file manager hands down. http://goo.gl/04AeM

    • John

      Agreed. It spanks anything out there atm, IMO (beta or not)

    • itznfb

      Solid is bloat. Slow. Takes too many taps to do simple tasks. Linda is an amazing file manager once you get used to it’s UI. I just stick to Root Explorer though.