Google Files Go’s smart file manager was accidentally leaked
One feature that has always been lacking in stock Android is correct, extensive file manager. OEMs have made a point of including custom file managers in their ROMs, but with Android 4.4 KitKat, the document vendor has gained some basic file management capabilities. However, the functionality has never been upgraded to a full file manager.
However, this opinion turned out to be unpopular, as file managers are among the most downloaded apps by category on the Play Store. Now it looks like Google has been working on an internal file management app for some time. Named Files Go, the app is intended to be a smart file manager and was accidentally uploaded to the Play Store for a short time, allowing users to download the app and test it out. The link has now been removed because it shows a 404 error.
The Play Store description for Google Files Go had the following description:
- Helping you free up more space in more ways than ever before.
- Suggest removing apps you no longer use to keep your phone running fast and feeling new.
- Recognize and help you remove spam and duplicate images.
- Find your important documents without tedious and manual effort.
- Share your files offline – quickly and securely – with the push of a button.
Files Go is intended to be a smart storage app because it includes features to remove junk items, duplicate files, etc. It’s worth noting that these features have already existed in file managers provided by OEMs and third parties, but it is certainly good to see Google adopt them in an internal file manager.
Google’s smart file manager also has a cool new feature for sharing files offline. It supposedly relies on an access point to function, which Google says makes it fast and secure. We haven’t tried the app yet to see how the feature works in practice.
For now, the Play Store link for the app is broken, but Google probably intends to release the app soon. When that day arrives, and if the app is also offered out-of-the-box on future Android devices, we imagine a lot of users will be happy to know that they won’t need to download a third-party file manager. from the Play Store.