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B1 File Manager adds streaming support

18 September 2014, Mike Williams

Popular Android app B1 File Manager has been upgraded to 0.8.7 with the addition of cloud streaming support.

As previously, the app can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and 4Shared accounts, as well as connecting via FTP, SFTP or SMB.

In the latest edition, there’s no longer any need to download a file before playing it. Just select what you need, tap Open and optionally choose an app, and the streaming will begin.

Play files direct from the cloud – no need to stream them first

This all worked just fine for us in our first tests, with the app streaming music from our OneDrive account on demand.

There are no other new features this time, although the official announcement also notes that “a number of bugs have been fixed due to heavy testing and feedback from users”.

Still, the streaming alone is a big step forward, more than we’d expect for a minor version update. What are we going to see in version 1.0, or even 0.9? Development seems to be moving quickly, so we should find out very soon.

B1 File Manager is available as a free download from the Google Play Store.

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