Smartphones and tablets are increasingly replacing laptops and PCs. Nevertheless, there are limitations! One that is particularly annoying is that mobile devices can't download every type of file. For those who want to overcome this limitation, it's possible in many different ways, the simplest of which is to install a specialized app. Download Manager for Android is ideal for this problem. This app also offers helpful functions for ''normal'' downloads.
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|Reviewed version||Latest version|
|4.04||Varies with device|
Features & Use
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Android version: 4.1.2
Applicable from: depends on each device
Size after installation: about 2.5 MB
Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean optimized: yes
Download Manager for Android showed no sign of abnormality within its permissions.
I've often run into the situation where I had to download an file for PC on my smartphone. Since most desktop PCs don't support Wlan, it's often easier to download the data with a smartphone and then copy it onto the PC. If you have to go such a round-about way to do it, it's extra annoying when the download fails with an error message saying ''the file type is not supported''. Depending on the device and Android version, there are different file types, but you would never need almost all of them on your smartphone, like installation files for PCs and Macs for example.
This limitation can be very easily dealt with when using Download Manager for Android. The app is basically a browser that builds onto your device's regular browser, but offers its own interface. It's hardly different than the normal browser, even though the search and address bars are not usually separated on Android. At least you can choose each search from the search engine that need to be changed. With the browser, you can call up the usual pages and the necessary files to download, as well as the Incognito mode if desired. But it gets even simpler: once the Download Manager is installed, it will automatically open when you download a file. This worked well in our test using the standard browser on a Galaxy Note 2 and Google Chrome. Unfortunately I couldn't find an option to disable this temporarily. If the app is installed, it will start with each download. In addition to the above options, you can also manually add a download URL in the app.
Downloaded files are obviously displayed as ''downloads'' and the files are distributed under APKs, pictures, videos and other categories. Additionally, you have a simple file manager that can also access the device memory (or external storage media). This is cool if you want to access music, you simply go to the ''music'' section. Download Manager for Android's browser also supports tabs, though I didn't find a way to close individual tabs. You can also manage your bookmarks. The app also offers other options in order to better handle downloads, when you have something that you can only download with a Wlan connection or else a signal when a download has successfully been completed.
Download Manager for Android does what it should, is reliable and well-done. It also offers some useful features that go beyond a pure download manager. Though they aren't as extensive as other specialized apps, but are definitely useful. That being said, you should be given the option to disable its automatic start when you complete a download.
Screen & Controls
Download Manager for Android's design was successfully made. You can find your way around it very quickly and it's appealing-looking as well. I did have one problems on my test device: if you don't use the screen buttons for the menu and instead use the hardware buttons on the Galaxy Note 2, sometimes it doesn't work on the first try. It’s not such a big problem, since you can still operate the button in the app interface. That being said, it should still be improved.
Speed & Stability
Download Manager for Android did a really good job here: the app works smoothly and stably. Interrupted downloads can be continued without problems. In many of our tests, the files were downloaded faster than with the normal browser.
Download Manager for Android is available for free in the AndroidPIT App Center, as well as in the Google Play store. It includes ads, which doesn't bother much, except while browsing.