+ Sunday January 19th, 2020

Files by Google, Google’s Android file management app, is adding the ability to cast local files and media. It’s rolling out now to a subset of the app’s beta testing group.

The ability to cast local media is something lots of people have been asking for since the advent of Chromecast, with a few attempts in the past at making it work. Anything that requires a step by step guide across multiple websites is ripe for simplification, so it’s a welcome addition to the app.

Files can let to view your device’s media on the biggest screen in your home or office (with a Chromecast attached). It’s unclear what the final list of formats actually supported will be – documents, etc are unsupported but would be super handy – but photos and videos are working. Music is not.

According to 9to5Google, the feature is rolling out to a subset the Files beta group. You can join the beta on the app’s Play store listing.

Source: 9to5Google.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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