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Google to launch ‘Files Go’ app for Android
November 19, 2017, 2:58 pm

Google appears to be working on a new app called ‘Files Go’ that will work as a way to manage, clean up, and share files by allowing you to easily send files to nearby Android phones over Bluetooth.

It would be a nice addition to Android if Google began shipping this as a stock app. Right now, the best way to send a file to a nearby phone is by using Android Beam, which requires tapping the two phones together to make an NFC connection. The downside side is that it needs both phones to have NFC connection.

Unfortunately, the Files Go app is not yet available for download and it seems likely that with its ‘Go’ name it could be part of Google’s Android Go initiative, which provides a stripped-down version of Android so that it can run on phones with basic hardware. The goal could be to make Android work better on these phones, so that the OS will be adopted by people in countries where smartphones are just starting to permeate.

Files Go is less than 10MB large, and the app’s other features are about clearing up space, so it seems to play into the Go initiative pretty clearly. The app has a dashboard that shows how much storage your phone has left, includes a button to clear cached files, and it highlights large files you can delete to free up space. It will also suggest removing apps that it looks like you are not using anymore. The app includes a files manager as well to let you look through local photos, videos, music, and other documents.

These features are not new to Android. There are already ways to browse your local files, free up space, and share documents. But there is no one easy-to-use management app like this just yet. So even though Google seems to be working on this for one specific segment of Android, it would not be a bad idea to offer it to everyone.

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