While not pretty, it’s Google’s way to talk to your SMB v3 network shares on Android.
Android has been lacking a truly good file manager. Yes, it has given the user access to their file-system since the early days unlike some other smartphone operating systems but it was never really good. You could do a copy / past and that’s almost the entire feature list. A network option in the file manager did not exist. Did…
I’ve made a few posts about the SMB v1 / v3 issues since last summer and the Android apps seemed to struggle implement SMB v3 (and SMB v2). Almost all of the apps out there used a CIFS implementation as their SMB client. To keep things short: they acted as a SMB v1 client and not much more.
Just recently one developer on GitHub made a working version of SMB v2 for Android that started being implemented by some apps but it looks like it’s still a long way from bug free despite the best efforts of the developer. (I’m also not sure why a developer is starting with v2 and already has plans for v3. (v2 is shipped with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008)
I was just curious about the current news on this subject and did a google search to find any news about this and to my amazement Google had made SMB v3 possible a few months ago. Totally missed it previous hours looking for this.
Android Samba Client launched somewhere in July 2017. As far as I know it’s the only SMB v3 option out there and it’s number of installations is between 10.000 and 50.00 after almost half a year…. ?
This application allows users to mount an SMB file share in their Downloads/Files app in Android. That way, users can access their remote files seamlessly from their Android devices, opening, modifying, and deleting them.
The 33MB large app acts as an extension to the built-in Android file manager. It’s a port of Samba 4.5.1, so you will get all the features and compatibility you get on your pc or nas device.
This image here is actually the entire interface. After filling in the network path (No browse function) the share will be available in your file manager app. You can copy / past and open files from that app after a one-time setup.
I’ve tested it AOSP and it work okay for me. On MIUI 9 I could not get it to work with their default file manager. So your mileage may vary depending on your ROM.
If you wan’t to edit a mount your out of luck, the only way to reset things is to wipe the app data at the moment.