Tech & Science Google Attacks Android's Major Problem With Files Go

06:21  10 november  2017
06:21  10 november  2017 Source:   forbes.com

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Although many manufacturers are using pure Android , Google is still fighting to reduce the fragmentation in the Android experience. Next up, file transfers, with the public beta of Files Go now available.

10 Nov. Google attacks Android ' s major problem with Files Go .

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The last year has seen a rise in the number of ‘pure’ Android handsets, where manufacturers focus on using Google’s apps rather than implement their own solutions for problems already solved. It allows smaller companies to focus on the hardware, safe in the knowledge that the software bases are covered. The recently launched Razer Phone, and the return of the Nokia name through Finnish start-up HMD Global both use pure Android both as the core of their handsets and as a marketing point to promote that the handsets have the features consumers want.

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With Android Go tailored for devices running limited internal storage — usually 8GB or less — there was a need for a storage management app that could identify and delete files and At least that' s the case for a majority of Indians, and Google is looking to solve that particular problem with Files Go .

Android Go , or Android Oreo ( Go edition), is the new version of Google ' s OS designed for budget-friendly phones in developing markets. Files Go . Keep in mind that these apps may be slimmer and faster, but they might be missing a feature or two.

But with some of the biggest names still planting their own apps into the home screen field (including the likes of Samsung, Huawei, HTC, and OnePlus) the issue of app and data fragmentation remains a concern for Google. After all the goal is to have every Android phone interact with every other Android phone, with Google’s services, and allow consumers to move between manufacturers while staying within Android.

That’s where the portability of the stock apps comes in useful, and it is one reason you’ll still see many manufacturers work hard to have their own apps (and cloud services) present on Android devices so they can act as a firewall to keep consumers inside their product range.

So when Google releases a new app with the intention of rolling it into the stock offering, you should pay attention. In the case of Files Go – which The Verge’s Jacob Kastrenakes reports is currently in beta – Google has decided to improve the transfer of individual files between devices. It’s an area that can be haphazard at the moment (Android Beam is an option, but requires NFC and tapping action).

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With Files Go being a Google app, that includes instant results, autocomplete, and search filters. The search feature works offline as well, and Files Go will also show the location of duplicate files .

Once it leaves beta, Files Go will open up easy file transfer wirelessly between local devices, it creates a tool that will hopefully become expected by end users, and reduces the fragmentation of Android software by (eventually) sitting on top of any manufacturer solutions with a genuinely global option.

You can download the beta of Files Go here.

Ewan Spence, Contributor

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