The appearance of the Files Go app from Google earlier this week caused a bit of a stir, with the app briefly available. It’s now appeared again but it’s actually available to download for anyone.
The apps availability on Google Play was announced by Google VP of Product Management Caesar Sengupta who acknowledged the existence of the Beta app, tweeting:
Looks like some of you found our Files Go Beta 🙂 We thought we’d make it available for a few more of you on the Play Store. Feedback welcome! https://t.co/qXLb1V0bKu
— Caesar Sengupta (@caesars) November 9, 2017
The app is an early Dev/Beta build, but it works so far for most people who’ve tried it. The aim of the app is to find rarely used apps, as well as spam or duplicate images so you can increase the amount of available storage.
Files Go, also helps with finding photos, videos, and documents and it’s also helpful sharing files. The screenshots listed in the app listing show it can send files to your friends nearby, seemingly making it a basic competitor for apps like Apple’s Airdrop.
Saving space is a big issue on devices with smaller storage, such as those found in emerging markets. Google has named the app Files Go (our emphasis), in line with the new Android Go announced at Google I/O earlier this year. Android Go is intended to be run on lower end devices with 1GB of RAM or less – these devices traditionally have smaller amounts of storage as well. Google has listed that the Files Go app is a miniscule 6MB in size, great for those devices as well.
If you want to try it out, you can install it now from Google Play.