Google might be beta testing an AirDrop competitor in its Files Go app

Google might be beta testing an AirDrop competitor in its Files Go app
Fast local offline sharing of files has always been a spot of trouble for Android users. Sure, there's Android Beam, but that idea never really caught on -- possibly because the feature was introduced well before NFC was commonly found on smartphones -- and Google has been in need of a better option, if only to capture some of the mind-share held by iOS AirDrop. Now, there's a new feature in Google's Files Go app that could be that better option.

Files Go is part of Google's "Go" lineup of apps that are stripped down, low-memory versions of apps for emerging markets where data plans aren't as fast or as generous as we have in the States. Files Go helps users free up space on their devices, back up files to the cloud and it had an option for offline sharing of files that has gotten a lot better in the latest update. With the new version of Files Go, users will now be able to use 5GHz WiFi in order to share files locally, which would mean transfer speeds of close to 500 Mbps.

This is the same protocol used and speed of AirDrop, and also matches Samsung's S Beam. We searched for info on how fast Android Beam transferred data, but it seems that Google has ignored it so long that the internet doesn't have answers anymore. Given how little users know about Android Beam, Google is certainly in need of a rebranding or something that can be baked into the system to help with local file transfers. If that is something in the works, then we wouldn't be surprised to find out this Files Go feature was something of a beta test.

source: Google
download: Files Go

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15 Comments

1. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

I think this is great news for Android users. It's so easy to share files on iOS.

2. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

we tend to forget that Android still has NFC sharing. Works well also

3. hopper

Posts: 75; Member since: May 08, 2017

slow and have to be near to initiate

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Beaming is as fast as WiFi direct, it only use NFC for initiation..

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Sure is. Easiest way to get spammed with dick pics and the like lol.https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.menshealth.com/sex-women/amp19529964/airdropping-dick-pics/ Garbage...

9. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

5. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

"Mi_drop" has it a few years or so.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

or use SHAREit.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

File sharing has always been a plus point on android.

8. peace247 unregistered

have u guys not heard od shareit ? there's mi drop....and countless other apps.... I've been using them since ages......

15. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

"apps". A baked in feature would be nice across Android.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

There's hardly an android user in my country who doesn't know and uses Xender. Speedy file transfer ain't a problem on Android.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

A while ago the comment section was filled with dudes angry because on ios a user couldn't use bt to transfer files. I was reading the comments in this article, looking for the same dudes, saying the same thing, yet they are not here... I am looking for dudes that are saying they use bt for file transfers, yet i see none...

12. damonarena

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

The fastest sharing service was samsung beam but it used to work for samsung devices only.

16. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

Samsung has had Quick Connect for some good years now. It searches for devices using Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth at the same time, so it can find them more easily and quickly.

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