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Google has released its new Files Go app in beta to anyone who wants to give it a spin. Files Go is a file management app designed to clean up space on your phone and help you stay organized. It also lets you share files with other Android users in a way not dissimilar to Apple’s AirDrop.
Earlier this week a new Android app called Files Go appeared on Google Play. However, Google pulled the app when tech sites caught wind of it. Now, Google has made Files Go available once more, and even asked for feedback. So it would be rude not to take it for a test drive.
Files Go Makes File Management a Breeze
Files Go does several things, all of which are designed to help you clean up your phone in order to keep it organized. It’s also a small file in its own right, with the Files Go Beta weighing in at less than 6MB. Which should ensure even the most basic Android will have room for it.
According to Google Play, Files Go “recommends rarely-used apps to remove,” “recognizes and helps you get rid of spam & duplicate images,” “helps you find your important photos, videos, and documents faster,” and “makes it easy to share your files offline — quickly and securely”.
That last feature is the most interesting, as it replicates what AirPlay does on Apple iDevices. Files Go means you can now share files with other Android users in close proximity using nothing other than Bluetooth, which removes any need for you to be connected to the internet.
Looks like some of you found our Files Go Beta :-) We thought we’d make it available for a few more of you on the Play Store. Feedback welcome! https://t.co/qXLb1V0bKu
— Caesar Sengupta (@caesars) November 9, 2017
Files Go was originally intended for emerging markets, where cheaper hardware means storage space is at a premium. However, it now looks as though Google will launch Files Go worldwide sometime in December. So those of us in the know can use it for several weeks before the proles.
The Continuing Voyages of Android Go
As you may have already realized from the name, Files Go is the latest app to be released as part of Google’s Android Go initiative. Android Go, for the uninitiated, is Google’s continuing efforts to make less lightweight apps that can work on more devices. Apps like YouTube Go, for example.
Will you be giving the Files Go beta a whirl? Or would you rather wait until Google releases the final version? Do you have trouble keeping your phone’s storage organized? And would you make use of Files Go’s Airdrop-like capabilities? Please let us know in the comments below!