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#1
I can't help but think that not only is this not a new feature for ES, but that virtually all free file managers on Android for some years have offered OTG USB storage access without rooting. I've certainly never had an issue with it on the household's non-rooted phones.
#2
dlee1
I can't help but think that not only is this not a new feature for ES, but that virtually all free file managers on Android for some years have offered OTG USB storage access without rooting. I've certainly never had an issue with it on the household's non-rooted phones.

+1.. On my Z2 I just use the built in File Commander? :\
#3
Depends on the phone if I remember correctly.
#4
Err. Well it affects some of the Google phones/tablets. There's one or two of those about...(!!) Otherwise you wouldn't see so many references to Nexus Media Importer. It's not cold; it's just not hot for you. That's different.
#5
As for ES support, it's pretty recent. And afaik NMI was the only (paid) alternative until now for Nexus 7 2013 owners, and possibly others.
#6
NikLP
As for ES support, it's pretty recent. And afaik NMI was the only (paid) alternative until now for Nexus 7 2013 owners, and possibly others.


Given that the last update to ES was about a month ago and it wasn't part of that - it isn't really recent. Also what about Total Commander and the USB Plugin (both free)?

I suspect this may go very cold on the basis that the HUKD community does in general seem to dislike seeing apps that are always free (rather than free for a short period) in the freebies section.

Finally, I have always been quite outspoken about people voting cold on something just because the don't like it rather than the value of the deal /freebie. I don't, for instance vote cold on items that have always be free (unlike many).

I have been a user of ES for quite some time. And apart from on my HTC One (which I have a couple of file manager apps which offer better Rooted support and functions) I use ES on all of my devices.
#7
Whatever, guys. Nexus 7 2013 owners will be happy to see this. Esfe is the best explorer, and the otg support is comparatively new. I posted this because I still see references to buying nmi, which this should save people money, but go ahead and vote cold because it's not relevant to your use case... Sheesh.
#8
NikLP
Whatever, guys. Nexus 7 2013 owners will be happy to see this. Esfe is the best explorer, and the otg support is comparatively new. I posted this because I still see references to buying nmi, which this should save people money, but go ahead and vote cold because it's not relevant to your use case... Sheesh.


Most of them won't be voting cold because it's not relevant to them. They will be voting cold because ES isn't seen as a freebie, it is an always free product.

I'm not denying that the information is valuable. Just that this is a very fickle community that isn't about offering product support. The knowledge that there are free alternatives to NMI is valuable for Nexus users. But would would be much better received on a Nexus community site, or a site like XDA Dev.
#9
Have some heat from me.
Been using this program for a while, mainly to stream music and video from the NAS unit.
Nice to know that it now supports otg.
#10
Jeez. Won't bother next time. Off back to Twitter then.
#11
NikLP
Jeez. Won't bother next time. Off back to Twitter then.

If that is your response to a few people voting cold then I question whether your motivation was to help others or for you to be loved by all and sundry. Some people have said this is a helpful app but that's not good enough for you.
#12
Nonsense. I just thought it would be taken in the spirit in which it is posted. I would have edited it to say "for Nexus 7 etc users", but I was on the tablet app and I couldn't see a way to edit it. I just think it's a shame, as people will continue to believe that the only way (for certain users) to obtain this functionality (granted it is stock for Samsung et al) is to purchase a premium app. I thought I'd made this quite clear. Someone could have edited it to reflect this, so it was more useful, but never mind. It's not my problem. I already paid for NMI but this means one less app I have to worry about, now that ES supports OTG. And it *is* quite recently added - with little fanfare elsewhere. I'll consider the matter closed, to prevent further useless banter on either side.
#13
NikLP
now that ES supports OTG. And it *is* quite recently added - with little fanfare elsewhere. I'll consider the matter closed, to prevent further useless banter on either side.

I bought a tablet over a year ago and the File Manager I immediately installed was ES. That tablet was being used for my software development and I can tell you that OTG support was in ES back then. Over a year is not "recent".

All I did throughout this thread was try to explain why I expected that this would end up being voted cold (which clearly it was). Which is what we are supposed to be doing. It was clear to me, that this would be the outcome of this post, and we are all supposed to post constructively to explain these things. You almost seem to be taking this as a personal attack.

But I'm afraid teerex is right, your response does make it "look like" your agenda was for personal adoration - regardless of what your real motivation was. And I don't doubt for a second that it was sincerely to help other people that have a Nexus product. None of us "like" it when we post a put up goes cold. But it happens, and a lot of the time you can see it coming because of the type of post.
#14
dlee1
I can't help but think that not only is this not a new feature for ES, but that virtually all free file managers on Android for some years have offered OTG USB storage access without rooting. I've certainly never had an issue with it on the household's non-rooted phones.


Good point .. same for me too ..... lol. :-)

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