If you’re a regular web surfer, you must have come across or used the file hosting services of MediaFire at some point in time. The service rolled out its companion app for iOS users back in September last year, and now, the official Android variant has been released to the Play Store with more or less the same feature set that the iOS version has to offer. Available for free, the Android app is laced with some basic file management, uploading, downloading and media streaming tools. In addition, it lets you instantly preview your MediaFire document files (Word documents, presentations & spreadsheets), search for required files, create new folders to better organize your cloud storage, capture and upload media, generate download links for files and manage your personal data privacy on the move.
Like the iOS variant, the official MediaFire Android app does not support registration of new accounts at present. Instead, the app only allows existing MediaFire users to log in with their credentials. To get yourself a fresh account, you’ll have to navigate to the MediaFire website (link provided at the end). The service offers 50 GB worth of free cloud storage space to each free member. The catch with free account is that you aren’t allowed to upload a files larger than 200 MB. If you’re willing to shell out some cash, the service has plenty of option-packed personal and business packages on offer for you.
From the UI viewpoint, the Android version of the app is way behind its iOS counterpart. The Gingerbread-like interface seems a little outdated and rough around the edges.
The app’s main UI lists your personal MediaFire content, complete with all the underlying files and folders. Unfortunately, there is no option to sort or filter content, plus the app doesn’t support uploading and downloading content in bulk. The arrow button alongside each listed item can be tapped to toggle its privacy settings, share the content with others, or play around with other file management tools on offer. The app’s settings menu, the options to create a new folder, upload a file, capture a new photo or video and import local media can all be accessed by hitting the Menu button.
While it is quite obvious that the app needs improvements and expansion on a number of fronts, it is a must-have for avid MediaFire users who own Android devices and should suffice for most basic users.