Do you use Android File Transfer with Mac OSX El Capitan?

There are dozens of ways to exchange files between a Mac OSX machine and an Android device. From various free apps to FTP, SSH and Samba, there really is no reason not to purchase an Android device and use it with your Mac. 

However, the “official” method from Android developers is by using the Android File Transfer utility, a small application that mounts Android devices to your MacOSX desktop when you connect via a USB cable.

Even if you aren’t aware of the politics between Apple and Google, it’s curious that MacOSX, with its impressive Unix roots, doesn’t support simple mass storage access for Android devices. Google, of course, designed out-of-the-box access for Android devices for Windows users. And today, even without additional software packages, mainstream Linux distributions such as openSUSE, Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian fully support mounting Android devices as well as Windows Phone models.

Android File Transfer connecting to an ASUS MemoPad HD7 in Mac OSX El Capitan.

Although using Android File Transfer is a small price to pay for using MacOSX with a good Android device such as the Sony Xperia C3 Dual, here’s hoping Apple will eventually promote better support across different platforms. The already successful company can only benefit from it.


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