Files by Google: Android’s file browser, at long last

Angelica Greene
November 9, 2018

Along with users, App developers will also benefit from the latest In-app updates API.

The Verge noted the feature is meant to essentially push users into updating their apps (i.e.it's a fail-safe against those of us who refuse to update out of sheer laziness or, you know, because it requires like two extra steps). The API provides a couple of options to Android developers to push latest updates to their apps. Come on, people, keep your apps updated!

It has been a year since Google launched its "Files Go" app, which was primarily created to free up storage on smartphones with limited built-in storage, and apparently the app is successful enough to earn a rebranding. Immediate displays a full-screen message right when a player boots up an Android app that prompts them to update the app.

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Google announced today that their Android Files Go storage app is being rebranded to the new name of Files by Google and that in less than a year, they have 30 million monthly users all over the world. With Immediate in-app updates, the application will show a notice as soon as the app is opened that an update is required in order to start using it.

Sure, the Play Store isn't flawless and you can still install a malicious app once in a while, but Google says that "Android devices that only download apps from Google Play are 9 times less likely to get a PHA than devices that download apps from other sources". The Android Developers blog says that the "update flow" can be customized to feel like part of the app (see GIF at the top of this article).

Today, we're rebranding the app to Files by Google.

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