Update (5/12): Launching with Android Go today, Files Go has now graduated from beta status and is available for everyone in the Play Store.
Read: Files Go – Who is it made for?
Update (11/9): Google Files Go is now available to download in an early beta build on the Play Store. The app briefly showed up on the store earlier this week before it was pulled. Apparently Google is now happy for us all to give it a try and is welcoming feedback to help improve the app for its official launch sometime in the future.
The app is compatible with devices running Android Lollipop (5.0) and above. You can download it here.
Original story (11/6): Organizing your phone’s various files and content can be a chore, and too many files can also affect your device’s performance over time. Google is apparently planning to launch its own app management tool called Google Files Go. A listing for the app is now live in the Play Store, but if you try to download it, a message will tell you the app is part of an early access program, which is currently full.
You can still check out screenshots and a description of the app’s features. It says that Google Files Go will be able to offer suggestions to users for apps they can delete that they no longer use, and it can also help find and remove any duplicated images or files that you have stored on your drive. In addition, you will be able to view all your files in one spot, and filter them by source.
In addition, the app will have a way to help users transfer files to a friend’s handset while offline. Google Files Go appears to be part of the same Android Go program that was first announced at Google I/O 2017 in May. That program is designed to offer Android to smartphones that have as low as 512 MB of RAM, and low amounts of on board storage. Certainly the design and concept of Google Files Go would seem to be a perfect fit for the goals that the company has for Android Go.
At the moment, there’s no word on when the app will be available for everyone, and it’s possible that only Android Go phones will be able to officially use it when it goes live.