You can now download Files Go APK from Google which is a kind of AirDrop for Android phones. As Google seems to be working on a new application called Files Go, a sort of thing that works as a way to manage files, share files, and clean up files. Here are the details on this new Google’s AirDrop for Android app.
Most interesting to speak of here is that, Files Go appears to have a feature that works a lot like Apple’s AirDrop, letting you easily send files to nearby Android phones via Bluetooth.
Note: Microsoft also has plans to release a Near Share feature in its Windows 10 – a kind of AirDrop for PCs file transfer service.
The file-transfer feature on the Google’s Files Go doesn’t appear to work quite as smooth as AirDrop on iOS devices. Rather both people need to have the Files Go app open, whereas AirDrop lets you send files from any app to any nearby contact, syncs even if they don’t have the same app.
Still, it will be a nice addition to Android if Google began shipping this app as a stock application. Right now, the best way to send a file or document/photos to a nearby phone is by using Android Beam, or ShareIt, which requires tapping the two phones together to make an NFC connection. If not it works, but it’s an odd interaction that a lot of people don’t seem to know about. Putting a file-sharing feature inside an app clearly about managing files seems a lot more discoverable.
As aforementioned, Files Go isn’t available to download yet, but the app was spotted in the Play Store in a closed beta program, and it’s since been removed already. Worry not, in order to test it, we have an APK version of Files Go app to download and install on your Android phones.
Once it’s ready, it will be released officially by Google itself in the next coming weeks or so. It also isn’t clear how widely it’ll get released. Given the “Go” name, it looks likely to be a part of Google’s Android Go initiative, which is making a stripped-down version of Android that runs on phones with slower hardware. The main goal would be it 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.
Downloadable size of the Files Go app is less than 10MB, and the app’s other features are about clearing up space, so it seems to play into the Go initiative pretty fairly. And yes, the app itself has a dashboard that shows how much storage left on your phone, including a button to clear cached files, and it highlights large files you can delete to free up space. It is very special in removing apps that you aren’t using anymore. The app includes a files manager as well to let you look through local photos, videos, music, and other media/documents.
Well, these features aren’t new to Android. There are different ways to browse your local files, free of charge, free up space, and share documents. But again, there isn’t one easy-to-use management app like this just yet. Though Google seems to be working on this particular one for a specific segment of Android, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to offer it to everyone in near future.
(Download: Google Files Go AirDrop-Like Android App)
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