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Uniquely Symbian: BUILT-IN File Manager: Files

Uniquely Symbian: BUILT-IN File Manager: Files | Nokia, Symbian and WP 8 | Scoop.it

Dear MNB Readers,

Symbian. A lot of us have been using Symbian for years now and have become accustomed to its features and while some of those features have been duplicated on other platforms, their implementation may be different from on Symbian. For this article, I would like to talk about Symbian’s standard file manager called Files.

File managers are not exclusive to Symbian and have been and are present in some form on other mobile OSes such as Android, Windows MOBILE, Maemo, Meego and the like. The main difference is that the availability of a file manager may vary from device to device using the SAME OS. For example, on Android, manufacturers (Samsung, HTC..)have picked up the slack and now include a file manager in their custom builds of Android but to my knowledge*, (*correct me if Google has now included a file manager in stock Android) Android still lacks a default, built-in, user accessible file manager.

What that means for users of other OSes is that there isn’t a guarantee that they will have a file manager on every device that they buy. The user may have to search and download any of the free or paid file managers. Some people know how to do this and are willing to do this, others are not, while others see no use for a file manager on a phone in the first place. The other scenario is that an OS (iOS, Windows Phone, others) may not have a file manager in the OS at all or have one with so many restrictions that it barely allows you to manage your files. This brings us back to Files, the standard built-in Symbian file manager:

 

 

Files is a part of Symbian:

Included on every Symbian phone from the 808 PureView back to the beginning of time (or close to it ), excluding some odd firmware decisions that I am not aware of, Files can be found in the application menu or it can be placed on the home screen as a shortcut. What this means for the user is that no matter how old the device, the cost, form factor, display resolution, qwerty, touchscreen, hardware generation, UI, Symbian version, updated or not, still supported or not, there is a file manager on the device.

The Files UI should be familiar to anyone that has used a file manager or folder system/explorer on a computer and it behaves the same as well. Pictured to the left is the standard view when you open Files. It shows several “drives”, C:, E: and F: with F: being your memory card if your Symbian device has a memory card (SD, Mini/Micro SD) slot. Pictured to the right, you can see additional drives that are shown when you connect external devices via USB On-The-Go (if your device has USB-OTG) such as flash drives, hard drives or other phones. G: and H: represent the Mass Memory and Memory card on my Nokia N8 that is connected to my 808 PureView via USB OTG….that’s a LOT of GBs to manage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once in Files, you can long press (equivalent of the right mouse click on a computer) to see the details of the selected drive and access other options to modify the content as pictured below. Clicking Format allows you to erase the contents of the drive and it then automatically recreates the standard Symbian folders. This is useful if you switch memory cards, firmware or if you are having issues with the drive and you want a fresh start. Clicking Details shows what is consuming the memory on the drive. Looking at my memory card pictured on the right, I have over 5GBs in Videos, showing as using 5178MB. You can also set a password for a particular drive to ensure spying eyes won’t have access to your sensitive and personal files.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you select the drive that you want to access, all of your folders are displayed just as they are located in the file system, minus and hidden/system folders but there is an app for that . You can browse files, get details, open compatible files if you have the software installed on your phone (Office apps, PDF, Zip managers) or simply Move, Copy, Paste, Cut and otherwise manager your files.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also Mark files to select multiple files. There is even a Mark All in the event that you need a mass move or deletion or to send files via email, Bluetooth or other methods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your options may vary by file type or storage location but generally, if you can see it, you can select it and therefore you may have additional options. Please note that this article is only about the built-in file manager and not the downloadable file managers that may have more options and deeper/secured folder access.
Files does a great job at standard file management and access. Functionally, all user-created content is accessible and able to be managed, such as pictures, video, music, documents and other file types without the need of a computer or separate app. It is a wonderful thing to have a USB OTG enabled device and cables and have the ability to assist friends in getting pictures or other documents to and from their device just by accessing their file system. There is almost something secret agent 007 like around the “oooooh… my phone can read your phone’s file system” feeling when helping others but then again, that person trusts you with accessing their files so let’s be on our best behavior. That pretty much covers the basics of Files.

My next Uniquely Symbian topic will cover On Device Backup and Restore which is a part of Files.

Here is the opening paragraph of that article:

Pretty much every modern mobile OS has a device backup feature. Most backups are done via a PC client such as Nokia Suite, iTunes, Zune, Samsung Kies or another branded software suite. On some OSes (example: Android), you can download 3rd party backup software such as Titanium Backup (does a lot more than just backup) or other free or paid software. All of that is great but what do you do when you are not at a computer or you don’t have a 3rd party app installed or even a data connection to download the free app, or you want to back up your content to different destinations? Symbian has you covered!

I originally planned to make one article covering both topics but it looks like I am going to have to split them into separate articles due to technical reasons.

I wanted to point out that the unique aspect of Files is that it is built-in to the OS. That is the important part in my opinion. Sure, there are more capable file managers out there that can be downloaded separately but that isn’t unique to Symbian. It is my hope that this article sheds a little light on a Symbian gem that may be overlooked or taken for granted or long forgotten. I use Files all the time, managing my sound files from Recorder and pictures from other devices.

Do you use Files? If you do, what phone do you use Files on, what version of Symbian? Do you have any screenshots of Files from older versions of Symbian or stories of how Files may have saved the day or helped a friend? If you don’t use a file manager on your phone, what do you do to manage your files? I am always mindful that even though I may already know something, that doesn’t mean everyone else knows because at some point in my life, I had to learn as well.

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Guest Post - To my ex's "a love letter" #Nokia by @buster47

Guest Post -  To my ex's "a love letter" #Nokia by @buster47 | Nokia, Symbian and WP 8 | Scoop.it

Something a little different today rather than the regular stuff.But yes of course its all about Nokia.

A dane living in Nice and a Malt lover …

You may or may not know this guy from twitter,very witty funny and a good friend of ours thats @buster47 .aka Thomas Kalhauge

Like myself he says things as he sees them and not afraid to either but Thomas is a big Nokia fan having owned many Nokia devices in the past and sports a Lumia 1020 today.

Thomas has sent in this letter to us about past devices of his and its very interesting as to how he words this so enjoy the read..

 

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My absolute Final post, it has been fun, but thing moves on ;)

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Skype to stop working 'within a few weeks'

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Back in February, I reported that Skype was being withdrawn from the Nokia Store 'for the last time', but that you could still sideload the Skype client and it would work 'for a while'. That 'while' seems to be drawing to a close, with some Skype users receiving the email quoted below. In summary, Skype for Symbian will stop working altogether 'within the next few weeks', however you managed to install it in the first place. Such service stoppages are perhaps expected, given the perilous state of 'Support' for the OS mid 2014.
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Watch Dogs hidden camera prank wows and terrifies its targets with convincing tech

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Another curated Symbian apps and games directory

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The Nokia 808 gets its latest Delightful lease of life, restored PIM sync

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Marc Wielaert: My 5 favourite Nokias of all time - Nokia Conversations

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Smartphones come and go, but one thing that never seems to wane is people's passion for Nokia's philosophy of creating ingenious devices, which make the everyday more exciting, more entertaining and more productive. One man who embodies this spirit is Marc Wielaert, a journalist from the Netherlands who has been reviewing mobile phones and smartphones for more then 12 years.
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Get Star Trek LCARS on your Lumia - Nokia Conversations

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Volunteers needed to help with (post-Nokia) Symbian app store and client

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February 2014 and it's time to break silence on a skunk works project to provide an alternative to the now-frozen Nokia Store client/system. The client provides a way to download applications via unsigned, self-signed or legacy Nokia Store sources and replicates much of the experience that users are used to from prior to January 1st. Why is this post in 'flow' and not 'news'? Because it's all still very much in beta and volunteers are needed, as detailed below.
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How Nokia connects with its amazing community - Nokia Conversations

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Here at Nokia Conversations, we see this every single day by the amazing ways individuals and entire communities use our smartphones. Whether it's bloggers analyzing our latest Lumia, photographers developing new genres of photography or freerunners videoing their newest moves, one thing that unites them all is their love of Nokia.
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WhatsApp on Nokia Asha

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See how your Windows Phone measures up with Basemark OS II, now on all three mobile platforms

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Phablet War: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note

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In this video, the third generation of the phone that created the phablet category (Note 3- Sammy’s flagship phablet) goes up against Nokia’s first attempt in entering the phablet market, the Nokia Lumia 1520.
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Now is the time... to double up and stock up?

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From a Symbian enthusiast's point of view, the scare stories over availability of spare parts for repair and the ever-dwindling stock of new hardware across the world are something of a wake up call.
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Frozen Nokia Store downloads/purchases will be unavailable after the end of 2015?

Frozen Nokia Store downloads/purchases will be unavailable after the end of 2015? | Nokia, Symbian and WP 8 | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago, the official Nokia Developer Blog announced some changes to its support for Series 40 and Nokia's ill-fated 'X' platform - but the eagle eyed people at Symbian Developers have put two and two together and have drawn a very likely conclusion for Symbian users too....
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Microsoft's smartwatch to include UV and blood-glucose sensors • Pureinfotech

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New details suggests Microsoft's smartwatch will include UV and blood-glucose sensors to help users to prevent skin cancer and alter glucose levels to diabetes.
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Introducing AppList (beta) - and a Symbian Store for 2014 and the future

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With the Nokia Store now frozen (or at least 99.99% frozen), you may be wondering if there's a reliable source for new Symbian applications and updates from January 2014 onwards... Enter contender AppList, currently an open beta, detailed below. The content is limited at the moment, but this will obviously rise as more and more curated and actively updated applications are introduced to the system. Wagons roll!
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OneDrive now available on Windows Phone

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Introducing HERE Three Sixty, the official HERE blog - HERE Three Sixty

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Why your business needs an NFC Business Card

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Thank you Scoop.it

Thank you Scoop.it | Nokia, Symbian and WP 8 | Scoop.it

What a surprise, opening up scoop:it last night and seeing I was given a Free lifetime pro account (now I just have to have a long life :)).
I don't know how to thank you, except by keeping spreading the words "Scoop.it just rocks!"

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15 essential Nokia Asha tips and tricks - Nokia Conversations

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