Experience the Files app on iOS 11: Still not comparable with Android, but more distorted!

The ability to customize the aperture of the operating system is one of the most fundamental differences between iOS and Android. With Android, users are fully capable of customizing nearly every aspect of the operating system. With iOS, they cannot do so.

A good example of this is that Android allows file managers (such as Solid Explorer or ES File Explorer) to access and modify files, even when they belong to other application. While for iOS, for security reasons, each application is “quarantined” in a separate (sandboxing) space, and no mainstream application can access the filesystem of the operating system.

This method of iOS has some inconvenience, but is basically appreciated as it can protect users from the risk of data theft by malicious applications. However, in the last few years, when Apple released its iPad tablet, in particular the iPad Pro, which replaced the PC, the lack of file management is making the iPad The productivity of this machine is severely affected. Files and directories are two of the most important things to do, and without it, the iPad Pro is still considered an expensive tablet with pen and keyboard support.

Desire to change this, on iOS 11, Apple has officially added the Files app. But is this what the user expects?

As the name implies, the generated Files application manages the file. Users can create folders, rename / delete / copy / move files / folders. The tag feature through Finder’s color scheme on macos is also brought to Files. This application also provides two views as icons and lists, which are easier for users to manage. These are all very basic features that every file manager has.

At the WWDC 2017 event, Apple said that the Files app can be linked to online storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box.net, etc. This feature has been around for a long time and nothing special. Sharp, but because it comes from Apple, and Apple is well known for binding users to use their iCloud Drive service so people are surprised.

Another feature of Files that Apple does not mention, but much better, is that users can download files from the browser (though not all files are supported). This is actually not a new thing, as from iOS 9 and 10, some third party applications such as Documents have been able to combine with Safari browser to download.

If you look at the feature above, it looks like the Files app is nothing new. So what does it outperform some third-party iOS apps like Docs, or the Android file manager?

Files have a few features that no other file manager on iOS can do, and to summarize them in a single phrase, there is interoperability between applications.

Let’s say a simple task: open and edit the file. For previous iOS file management apps, since they do not have enough permission to interact with other applications, the file manager will have to handle the viewing and editing tasks on their own. Since an application cannot hold everything, this leads to the problem that the ability to view and edit files is very limited. Indeed, an application like Documents when opening a .doc file will certainly not be as fully supported as Microsoft Word.

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