Google’s Android file management app, Files Go, has exited the testing phase and is now available on all devices running Android 5.0 and later. The app is aimed that budget devices that have limited storage; helping people save valuable storage space.
Files Go is part of Google’s “next billion users”, catering to developing markets that often do not own the latest and greatest flagship smartphones. As such, it’s designed to work on slower hardware and in places where internet connections may be slow and unreliable. The recently announced YouTube Go runs on the same principle.
For the most part Files Go lies somewhere between Google Drive and a file management app. It allows users to search their devices for files, and get recommendations on what to delete to free up more storage space. Users can also opt to upload their files to any cloud storage system like Google Drive or Microsoft’s OneDrive.
Finally, the most impressive feature is the option to directly transfer files between smartphones. This creates a direct wireless connection across the devices, allowing users to share files without using the internet. Google claims that the connection hits 125Mbps, making it substantially faster than the mobile data connections where it expects the app to be used.
Files Go has technically been around for a month, mainly being tested in select countries. However, it looks like Google has been happy with the reception and has made it available for everyone to download.