Google's Files Go Smart File Manager has been Accidentally Leaked

Steve Phelps
November 10, 2017

Another additional feature is the ability to transfer files from your phone to a friend's handset in the immediate vicinity.

For those not familiar, aside from simply letting you explore your files, Files Go helps you clear up space by deleting unused apps, duplicate photos, and large files.

Files Go is a free download here on Google Play.

Google is preparing to launch a new Android app that will help users transfer files to other contacts without using up mobile data.

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Play Store and trust that all apps downloaded are safe. There's a storage tab to show users how much space is available on their device, and a files tab that groups content into different types, like images, video, and audio.

A big part of Android Go is a focus on slimmer, less data-hungry apps that'll work on a wider variety of hardware, including the less expensive and less advanced devices that are popular in countries around the world. OEMs have made it a point to include custom file managers in their ROMs, but with Android 4.4 KitKat, the Documents provider gained basic file management capabilities.

"The app itself has minimal permissions (internet access) but it's basically an ad-loaded wrapper which has some code to download a second apk, also called "whatsapp.apk", he said. It's more concerned with helping you find files and delete them than helping you organize your system. The UI shows a radar-like interface to initiate transfers between two devices - with the caveat that both devices needs Files Go to be installed. If you once knew that the app must've cost something, then the one listed was given for free, you should start to get suspicious.

So the good news is that this app is available right now through the APK. We think that Google likely will be testing this app out for a bit longer before the official release happens. Google would manage to even shrink the app at the time of its public release.

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