Google has launched Files Go, a new app that it claims to provide a faster way to clean up, find and share files on mobile phones.
Files Go is globally available from today on the Google Play Store for all phones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher.
Google says that Files Go helps smartphone users manage their files, which is a serious problem in many parts of the world.
“Every day, millions of smartphones run out of space. And images, videos, apps and documents never stop coming. Eventually, users reach that point where they have to choose what to keep or delete,” Google said in a statement.
Files Go has four features:
It frees up space by offering personalised suggestions about which files to delete;
It finds files faster by automatically organising images, videos, apps, documents and more;
It backs up files to the cloud using Google Drive or any other cloud storage app; and
It shares files offline.
Users can transfer files directly from their phone to a nearby phone through Files Go. The file transfers are encrypted, fast (up to 125 Mbps) and don’t use any mobile data.
In its testing of Files Go, Google found that the average user could save 1GB of space in the first month.
Google also announced that Files Go will be offered as a part of suite of apps on the upcoming Android Oreo (Go edition) phones scheduled for sale in early 2018. Additionally, smartphone makers including Nokia Mobile, Panasonic, Micromax, Lava, Intex, Karbonn Mobiles and Xolo will offer Files Go as a pre-installed app on selected 2018 models.