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

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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.

Naturally, I go into Google Play to see if there is an update, only to find almost half of the apps on their phone in need of updating.

According to the example provided by Google, the first one - called "immediate in-app update" - will also have an on-screen pop up, letting you know that an update is available. The app is then updated when the app is closed. You can completely customize the update flow so it feels like part of your app.

Cuthbertson noted that the In-App Updates API is still in testing with Android's early access partners.

The new API gives developers two new ways to update the apps: flexible and immediate.

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The tool, very appropriately dubbed the Google Play in-app update API, gives developers the ability to display dialog boxes in unupdated Android games or apps that either encourage players to update their copy to the latest version and allow them to do so while the app is still running.

What it does do, however, is ensure that users can keep using the app indefinitely, rather than be stuck in a remote location with an edge connection (yes, some places still have those) waiting for a 48MB app to update.

Its not just a simple rebranding, Google also redesigned the app to put your content front and center. But this is about to change, now that Google is introducing a new API for Android.

Overall, it's a good package of announcements that Google went live at Android Developers summit.

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