It was around this time last year that I wrote about the popular Android app ES File Explorer phoning home to a remote server—particularly disconcerting given that the app has FTP functionality and could potentially broadcast sensitive data from within your home WiFi network.
Now another smartphone site of note has flagged ES for a different reason. According to the XDA Developer Forums the app has become so bogged down with unnecessary bloat that it’s become virtually unusable.
Two dubious “features” in the latest version of ES stand out in particular: (1) a recommended apps banner, basically in-app advertising, and (2) nagging alerts informing the user that their device needs cleaning. Hmm, that sounds awfully familiar…
The latest version of Android does have a native file manager but it’s hidden away in the setting and not all that easy to access. I’ve been using an app called Amaze, 100% free and open source:
Unfortunately there’s no FTP server functionality for wireless file transfers to desktop computers; I continue to use FTPDroid for that.