ES File Explorer

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ES File Explore
The ES File Explorer logo.
The ES File Explorer logo.
Original author(s)ES Global
Developer(s)ES Global (subsidiary of DO Global, a subsidiary of Baidu)
Stable release
4.2.0.3.4 / 25 April 2019
Operating systemAndroid
PlatformAndroid
Size16.2 MB
TypeFile manager

ES File Explorer is a file manager/explorer designed by ES Global, a subsidiary of DO Global, for Android devices. It includes features like cloud storage integration, file transfer from Android to Windows via FTP or LAN,[1] and a root browser.

History[edit]

Around May 2016, ES File Explorer began incorporating DU Charge Booster into the app, hijacking the user's lockscreen. Several news and blog websites such as AndroidPIT, which had once recommended the app, encouraged users to uninstall it.[2][3][4][5] It was removed later after much criticism and many bad reviews.[6]

ES File Explorer was accidentally removed from the Fire TV App Store in August 2016.[7]

A popular software blog, The Windows Club, posted a tutorial on how to use the FTP feature of ES File Explorer in March 2019.[1]

Though ES File Explorer had originally been a free program, the app began charging a monthly $9.99 fee in order to use it's more advanced features, towards the end of 2019.

Controversy and removal from Play Store[edit]

ES File Explorer was removed from the Google Play Store in April 2019, along with several other apps created by DU Group.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][3] It was reported by BuzzFeed News.[12][13][14][16][17][18][3]

It was claimed the company who owns ES File Explorer, DU Global, was committing 'click fraud' by clicking ads in users' apps in the background without permission.[8][9][10][18][3] D uGlobal responded to these claims with the following:

“In the past week, we have noticed a series of reports about our apps by the media. We fully understand the seriousness of the allegations. As such, we immediately conducted an internal investigation on this matter. We regret to find irregularities in some of our products’ use of AdMob advertisements. Given this, we fully understand and accept Google’s decision. Moreover, we have actively cooperated with them by doing a thorough examination of every app involved.

We would like to thank the media, our partners, and the public for their support. Moving forward, we will strictly follow relevant regulations and continue conducting a comprehensive review of our products. Lastly, during this process, we have caused misunderstandings and great concern due to our being unable to communicate in a timely manner and provide complete information. We offer our sincere apologies.”[8][10][19][13][12][20][18][21]

It is unclear if or when ES File Explorer will return to the Google Play Store.[18]

Praise and criticism[edit]

It has received praise from several news and blog websites.[22][1][23]

Around May 2016, ES File Explorer began incorporating DU Charge Booster into the app, hijacking the user's lockscreen. Several news and blog websites such as AndroidPIT, which had once recommended the app, encouraged users to uninstall it.[2][3][5][4] It was removed later after much criticism and many bad reviews.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "How to transfer files between Android and Windows using ES File Explorer". The Windows Club. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Here's why we're removing ES File Explorer from our best apps lists". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "You should probably uninstall ES File Manager right now". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b "PSA: Latest Update to ES File Explorer Brings Adware to Your Lockscreen". xda-developers. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "ES File Explorer Updated With Super-Shady 'Charging Boost' Adware". Android Police. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "ES File Explorer Update Removes The Adware Charging Screen". Android Police. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  7. ^ "ES File Explorer removed from Fire TV App Store". SmartHomeBeginner. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Brett (30 April 2019). "ES File Explorer Removed From Google Play Store". Do It Yourself Tech Projects for Home & Small Business. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b Khan, Dawar (28 April 2019). "ES File Explorer Removed From Google Play Store [DO Scandal]". Spices Tech. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "QuickPic is back on Google Play Store while ES File Explorer disappears". xda-developers. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  11. ^ WIRED (29 April 2019). "Monday briefing: England and Wales police demand phones from rape victims". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  12. ^ a b c McKay, Tom. "Google Is Giving the Boot to a Major Play Store Developer With More Than 600 Million Installs". Gizmodo. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  13. ^ a b c "Exclusive: Google Is Banning A Play Store Developer With More Than Half A Billion App Installs". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Popular Android Apps From A Major Chinese Developer Were Caught Committing Ad Fraud". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  15. ^ jihadel. "Google deletes ES File Manager in the Play Store because it violates the privacy of use | ProPoid". Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  16. ^ a b "ES File Manager vanishes from Play Store, possibly part of DO Global scandal". Android Police. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  17. ^ a b "ES File Manager disappears from the Play Store, possibly part of the DO Global scandal". Archy Worldys. 27 April 2019. Archived from the original on 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d e "Google removes 46 apps from Play Store for address and ad fraud | TheINQUIRER". theinquirer.net. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Products | DO Global". do-global.com. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  20. ^ "[Update: Official statement] Evidence points to a Play Store ad fraud scheme by Chinese Baidu spin-off DO Global". Android Police. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  21. ^ https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1122893/Android-warning-shock-alert-popular-Google-Play-Store-apps-May-5
  22. ^ Choudhary, Pramod. "ES file explorer review: Best Android file manager app (2018)". Techwayz. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  23. ^ Sinha, Rupesh (12 November 2016). "ES File Explorer Review: The Most Powerful File Manager for Android". Beebom. Retrieved 3 May 2019.