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    Default If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    If I have an unlocked device on AT&T, I assume I get Android updates the normal way, through the carrier.
    Does HTC also push their own updates to Sense or the on-board stuff?
    Anyone think there's a chance they could issue their own stock file explorer?
    Thanks
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackdogAC View Post
    If I have an unlocked device on AT&T, I assume I get Android updates the normal way, through the carrier.
    Does HTC also push their own updates to Sense or the on-board stuff?
    Anyone think there's a chance they could issue their own stock file explorer?
    Thanks
    It's certainly possible. They do have some of their own apps up in the Play Store to make it easier to update certain functions of the phone without needing to wait on the carrier's approval for a mass OTA update.

    Any reason you would want an HTC file browser vs. using one of the options in the Play Store?
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    I'm sure they could... but, don't know if they will.
    Not sure any HTC phones have had native file explorer apps.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    I use ASTRO file manager and it works fine with out the BS other file manager have.


    And htc already has some apps on the app store.

    Posted via Android Central App on the HTC One M8
    My cell phone history for the last decade.

    2005/2006: Motorola W315, Motorola razr
    2007: Motorola W385
    2008: HTC shadow
    2009/2010: Motorola i335, Motorola i9, Blackbery 8330,
    2010: HTC EVO 4G
    2011: HTC EVO 3D, HTC rezound
    2012: HTC EVO LTE
    2014: HTC ONE M8.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Polaris 5 is on the ATT phone but they hid it for some unknown and frustrating reason. It's searchable through Google search but will not show up in your app drawer, nor can it be made to show up there through normal means.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by raichur0xx0rz View Post
    It's certainly possible. They do have some of their own apps up in the Play Store to make it easier to update certain functions of the phone without needing to wait on the carrier's approval for a mass OTA update.

    Any reason you would want an HTC file browser vs. using one of the options in the Play Store?
    Because of KitKat 4.4.2.
    Google has killed most of the functionality of the microSD card.
    Any THIRD-PARTY (Non Google or HTC) may/will have issues.
    Third party apps are limited to writing, and reading from, folders that the app itself has created.
    So a photo editing app cannot go to your external sd\photos because it did not crate that app. Similar with anything else.
    INCLUDING file explorers! Which we see as basic user interface...being able to move folders and files around/copy/delete, etc.
    But KK see this the same way as an app trying to access a folder that it's not "allowed to".

    So you cannot use something like ES Explorer that way it worked (well!) in JB.
    AND...because HTC did not include a stock file explorer (as Samsung does)...there's no way to access and work with files between internal and external memory the way you're used to doing it.

    Since HTC obviously know far ahead of release that they were using KK, it seem like a huge oversight that they neglected to include this basic and essential app on-board.
    I'm hoping they realize the error and push out their own "app" for this so I don't have to root.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by B0WIE View Post
    Polaris 5 is on the ATT phone but they hid it for some unknown and frustrating reason. It's searchable through Google search but will not show up in your app drawer, nor can it be made to show up there through normal means.
    Yeah- I heard that. That's very odd.
    I think there's a major shift going on to remove functionality of the external sd card. Manufacturers and google and developers each have a different viewpoint and set of vested interests, but it seems pretty clear that they all would like to eliminate it. (I could go into it all but it's probably fairly obvious) And if some (non-apple) consumers are still demanding external SD on phones, they will put it there but they're not going to make it fun or easy for you. Eventually they're going to conspire on a way to kill it completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B0WIE View Post
    Polaris 5 is on the ATT phone but they hid it for some unknown and frustrating reason. It's searchable through Google search but will not show up in your app drawer, nor can it be made to show up there through normal means.
    Also, I'm getting the phone unlocked so Polaris wont be on it anyway.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackdogAC View Post
    I'm hoping they realize the error and push out their own "app" for this so I don't have to root.
    I wasn't 100% sure when I had posted if they had created an app, but upon checking an XDA thread, it looks like they did have one (HTC File Manager) that was removed. I didn't install it (as I'm already rooted w/ SD fix), but it may be an option.

    EDIT: It's a zip, but I haven't downloaded to see if it was just an .apk in a Zip or if it needed flashing...
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackdogAC View Post
    Because of KitKat 4.4.2.
    Google has killed most of the functionality of the microSD card.
    Any THIRD-PARTY (Non Google or HTC) may/will have issues.
    Third party apps are limited to writing, and reading from, folders that the app itself has created.
    So a photo editing app cannot go to your external sd\photos because it did not crate that app. Similar with anything else.
    INCLUDING file explorers! Which we see as basic user interface...being able to move folders and files around/copy/delete, etc.
    But KK see this the same way as an app trying to access a folder that it's not "allowed to".

    So you cannot use something like ES Explorer that way it worked (well!) in JB.
    AND...because HTC did not include a stock file explorer (as Samsung does)...there's no way to access and work with files between internal and external memory the way you're used to doing it.

    Since HTC obviously know far ahead of release that they were using KK, it seem like a huge oversight that they neglected to include this basic and essential app on-board.
    I'm hoping they realize the error and push out their own "app" for this so I don't have to root.
    I just tried it and Snapseed is able to use pictures off my sd card

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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyway View Post
    I just tried it and Snapseed is able to use pictures off my sd card

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    Hmmm, interesting. Was that app updated recently? I wonder if developers are finding partial work-arounds?
    From what I have read it seemed like a universal approach android was implementing.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by raichur0xx0rz View Post
    I wasn't 100% sure when I had posted if they had created an app, but upon checking an XDA thread, it looks like they did have one (HTC File Manager) that was removed. I didn't install it (as I'm already rooted w/ SD fix), but it may be an option.

    EDIT: It's a zip, but I haven't downloaded to see if it was just an .apk in a Zip or if it needed flashing...
    And how's that working out? Any loss of functionality elsewhere in the platform/device?
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackdogAC View Post
    And how's that working out? Any loss of functionality elsewhere in the platform/device?
    With rooting fixes?

    Honestly, I've heard rumblings about SD card issues on KitKat since it came out, but never read into really what the issues were. Like I heard that the 4.4 update on the GPE S4 broke SD card features but didn't look into what really happened. Probably because my current phone didn't have an SD Card then.

    So since this is my first KK phone w/ SD Card, and I flashed a custom ROM pretty quickly, I don't know what's been "fixed", but I just know that I'm not experiencing anything out of the ordinary.

    That's probably not very useful for you, sorry =\
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by raichur0xx0rz View Post
    With rooting fixes?

    Honestly, I've heard rumblings about SD card issues on KitKat since it came out, but never read into really what the issues were. Like I heard that the 4.4 update on the GPE S4 broke SD card features but didn't look into what really happened. Probably because my current phone didn't have an SD Card then.

    So since this is my first KK phone w/ SD Card, and I flashed a custom ROM pretty quickly, I don't know what's been "fixed", but I just know that I'm not experiencing anything out of the ordinary.

    That's probably not very useful for you, sorry =\
    Yeah-rooting and custom ROM will get around this issue.
    Rooting + the app SD Fix will do it too.
    Obviously I'd rather not roof it this is the ONLY reason I want to do it.
    It's absolutely annoying because HTC should have included an explorer if they knew KK was going to hamper the SD card and other third-party explorer apps would not work.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyway View Post
    I just tried it and Snapseed is able to use pictures off my sd card

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    How did you get it to install. Keeps failing on mine. VZW M8

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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by techitrucker View Post
    How did you get it to install. Keeps failing on mine. VZW M8

    Armadillo, the other white meat.
    How did I install Snapseed? I downloaded it and it installed. I don't know what I'm doing differently than you but it worked just fine for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ccota08 View Post
    I keep reading your posts in Bender's voice and it's amazing.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    The way you worded it after the previous post made it sound like you installed the file explorer that's posted at xda and that's what was helping to make the other program work..... And it was late 😏

    Armadillo, the other white meat.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackdogAC View Post
    Yeah-rooting and custom ROM will get around this issue.
    Rooting + the app SD Fix will do it too.
    Obviously I'd rather not roof it this is the ONLY reason I want to do it.
    It's absolutely annoying because HTC should have included an explorer if they knew KK was going to hamper the SD card and other third-party explorer apps would not work.
    Yeah, though I'm not sure if it's totally HTC's fault, or if it is really on the Carriers' end, just like the absence of Extreme Power Saver and stuff.

    I don't know if any of our international users here have a File Explorer or if anyone else with an unlocked device (aka non-carrier branded) has it.

    The file I did link to would only be for root users anyway, as it's not an installable .apk, unfortunately. Maybe someone can pull it out, but I dunno. =\

    Quote Originally Posted by techitrucker View Post
    The way you worded it after the previous post made it sound like you installed the file explorer that's posted at xda and that's what was helping to make the other program work..... And it was late ��

    Armadillo, the other white meat.
    Sorry, I think that file is only able to be installed via flashing with custom recovery, as it isn't a straight up APK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techitrucker View Post
    The way you worded it after the previous post made it sound like you installed the file explorer that's posted at xda and that's what was helping to make the other program work..... And it was late 😏

    Armadillo, the other white meat.
    All good, no worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ccota08 View Post
    I keep reading your posts in Bender's voice and it's amazing.
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    No way the M8 is missing something so basic. Really? You know I almost got one instead of my new Flex?
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

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    My cell phone history for the last decade.

    2005/2006: Motorola W315, Motorola razr
    2007: Motorola W385
    2008: HTC shadow
    2009/2010: Motorola i335, Motorola i9, Blackbery 8330,
    2010: HTC EVO 4G
    2011: HTC EVO 3D, HTC rezound
    2012: HTC EVO LTE
    2014: HTC ONE M8.
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    Hey Chris, use some words. Are you saying that you have an HTC file manager on your device or what?
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    I have a htc one M8, and I have the same issue that you mentioned blackdogAC, but I found a new update to android 4.4.3, where htc gave us a new file manager... looks like they found their mistake...
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    Default Re: If HTC wanted to, can they push an OTA update to add a File Explorer?

    Duke 157 is correct. I found "File Manager" in the app drawer after the 4.4.3 update. Using it, I can delete files from my SD card; ES File Explorer still can't.
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    I like the file manager they gave us ^

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    This is a four month old thread

    My M8 posted this

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