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CyanogenMod Adds File Manager to Nightlies
Since the ICS-based CM9, CyanogenMod has been shipping with some of its own apps such as Trebuchet Launcher and Apollo Music Player. This has continued with steady active development on the Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10, as we saw a couple of months back with the excellent CM10 Messaging app. The latest CM app to join the list is the CyanogenMod File Manager.
Spotted in the latest CM10 nightlies, the CM10 File Manager app replaces the previously included OI File Manager and does so with authority! It is a full-featured, root-enabled file manager boasting an excellent Holo themed interface that goes well with the rest of the look and feel of the OS. You can view files and folders as icons, list or detailed list, toggle the display of symlinks and hidden or system files, easily access your favorite locations using the bookmarks view, get back to recently accessed locations from the history view, search for files and folders, select multiple files and folders using check boxes, and perform all the standard file management actions on them including changing permissions, owner and group.
As we mentioned above, the new CM File Manager has built-in root access support providing full read/write access across the entire file system, meaning you will no longer need to install an additional root access file manager to access the protected internal memory of your device. Unlike most root access file managers, CM10 File Manager offers three access modes:
- Safe mode, in which the internal memory isn’t accessible,
- Prompt User mode, allowing root access but prompting the user each time before modifying anything in the internal memory, and
- Root Access mode, allowing full root access without any prompt, treating internal memory just like user storage memory.
Needless to say, even in root access mode, you will need to grant the app root privileges first. Like most CyanogenMod apps, CM File Manager isn’t officially available as a standalone app, but naturally many would like to enjoy the application by itself. As such, it has been extracted from the latest nightlies and is available in both APK Version (by XDA Senior Member sharingan92) and flashable zip versions (by XDA Senior Member itsmikeramsay), including an upcoming inverted version. So if you are running an AOSP-based and rooted Jelly Bean ROM, grab it from these links and give it a shot! It has been confirmed to work on Android 4.1.2, though it may not work on earlier versions.
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