A Potential Google File Manager Called “Files Go” Briefly Appears
Stock Android has included a rudimentary file manager since Android 4.4 KitKat, but almost all customers wanting a file manager have installed a third party application. However, in November 2017 we saw a massive clue that Google has plans to release a much-improved file manager, called Files Go. The Google Play Store carried a Files Go application listing, which showed a “smart” file manager. Files Go was even available for a very brief period, meaning customers were able to download the application, but it was quickly removed.
In terms of features, Files Go included the ability to “free up more space in many more ways than before.” The app developer implemented this with suggestions to remove applications no longer in use, the ability to find duplicate (and spam) images for removal, the ability to quickly find documents and files, and access to Android’s Share code, allowing for very rapid sharing into third party applications and services.
None of these features are particularly revolutionary: some manufacturers have included these abilities in their bundled file managers, and the file manager category is one of the most popular on the Google Play Store – there’s plenty of choice here. On the face of it, it’s not particularly clear what Google’s ambition is with Files Go. It might be part of a wider project to develop a capable file manager for Android Go devices (similar to Android One), or it could be a prototype build of a new Google product set to be released at some point in the future. One of the more interesting features is the ability to share files between devices offline, which is said to use a form of Hotspot or perhaps Wi-Fi Direct technology. However, as Google is keeping quiet about Files Go, we are simply speculating where the code might end up.
SOURCE [XDA Developers]