Google is testing a beta of offline peer-to-peer app installs in the Play Store. What that means is that P2P, which is already very common in developing countries due to data issue will now be possible even if a user is offline. The software giant is partnering with third-party apps to make this a reality for users.
“Now, when a user shares an app via Play-approved partner peer-to-peer apps, Play will be able to determine shared app authenticity while a device is offline, add those shared apps to a user’s Play Library, and manage app updates when the device comes back online,” James Bender, Product Manager, Google Play wrote.
On Friday Google added the ability for the Play Store to be able to determine the authenticity of apps distributed via peer-to-peer whether or not there is an internet connection. However, shared apps will be automatically added to your Play Library as soon as data connection is regained. The experience, according to 9to5google will be akin to you directly installing the app from a Play Store listing.
Xender, a popular P2P sharing app, Files Go, a rising file sharing app owned by Google, are two soon-to-be added partners to help make offline file sharing work on the Play Store. Already, Google is starting with SHAREIt, which will further boost the confidence of users.
For the developer, it is a big opportunity to have more apps distributed offline, especially through trusted hands. “This also benefits you as a developer as it provides a Play-authorized offline distribution channel and, since the peer-to-peer shared app is added to your user’s Play library, your app will now be eligible for app updates from Play.”
Files Go, a file sharing app launched by Google to enable people in developing countries share files offline, will be a major beneficiary of this new move being made by Google.
File sharing, however, is not the only thing Files Go is known for—the app can also help you locate unwanted files slowing down your phone. The app will be able to provide suggestions to users for apps they no longer want to keep or use and can delete from their phones. Among other things, it will also be able to find and get rid of duplicated files or images that have been stored on your drive, view all your files in one spot, and have them filtered by source.
While actions like finding and deleting duplicated files and images can best be described as common tasks for an everyday file manager, Google Files Go will go the extra mile to enable you send or transfer files to a friend’s phone while offline.
Only a couple of months ago, Files Go welcomed some new features including support for file extraction for ZIPs and a new Share tab. When you see a ZIP file in Files Go, you will be shown a confirmation prompt asking you if you want to extract the file with its content organized according to category.