Softpedia Editor's Review for Droid Explorer
Manage your rooted android device with the simplicity of Windows Explorer
Written by Mihaela Citea on July 10th, 2012
Android mobile devices have invaded the mobile handheld market in the last years and there are more and more programs that try to meet the users' needs and requirements. One of these is Droid Explorer, a simple application designed to simplify the process of managing rooted Android devices.
Although it supports a wide variety of devices (HTC, Samsung, Google Nexus, Acer Liquid are just a few examples), the software might not detect the latest Android versions, so it is better to check the compatibility list before using it.
The program uses the Android SDK to allow viewing and organizing the device contents. In addition to this, you need to have the corresponding OEM drivers and Busybox installed and the USB debugging feature enabled on your rooted device.
As any program of its type, it automatically detects the connected device, allowing you to perform basic file management operations. But the program does not limit to that. It provides install and uninstall support for APK files and enables you to reboot the Android device in standard or recovery mode.
There are other features that this software brings you: there is a debug console and a command shell. You can use SQLite explorer to structure data storage, while the package manager allows you to view a list of the available applications on your Android and install / uninstall them directly from your PC.
Another advantage is the possibility to copy and auto-apply updates to the Google mobile applications found on your Android. Using Droid Explorer, you can take landscape or portrait screenshots of your smartphone and save them to your computer.
Providing multiple device support, Droid Explorer offers you an easy way to manage your phone. It can be used not only for file access and transfers, but also for application updates and personalizing your Android device.
Droid Explorer description
Here are some key features of "Droid Explorer":
· Multiple Device Support
· Copy and auto-apply update.zip
· Copy local files to device
· Auto detection of connected/disconnected device
· APK file icon and extended information
· Device command shell window
· Reboot device
· Reboot device in to recovery mode
· Open files for viewing / execution locally with the default file type executable
· Drag & Drop file copy from Explorer
· Flash Recovery Image
· Package Manager (Install & Uninstall)
· No need to mount SD card to access files from computer
· Access files in other directories besides SD card
· Copy files from device to local clipboard
· Paste files from local clipboard to device
· Open files on local machine
· Display open with dialog to specify what to open a file with
· Right click APK and Uninstall
· Right click APK and Install
· Delete files from device
· Take a Screen Shot (landscape or portrait)
· Plugins can register as a component to open files
· Open from within Computer
· Should now work with more ROMs as long as they are Rooted and have busybox
· Device "Friendly Name" instead of device serial number.
· Android Screencast Plugin - Control your android device with your mouse and keyboard
· Install/Uninstall APK files right from explorer
· Standalone plugin runner (will mainly be used for windows 7 jump lists and the apk installer but can be used to run any plugin.
· Better Hero Support
· Backup the "Google Experience" applications and creates an update.zip containing the applications
· NET Framework 3.5 SP 1
· Android Device
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· fixed the icon for packages on the desktop
· fixed the install dialog closing right when it starts
· removed the link to "set up the sdk for me" as this is no longer supported.
· fixed bug where the device selection dialog would show, even if there was only one device connected.
· fixed toolbar from having "gap" between other toolbar
· removed main menu items that do not have any menus