Google has a full set of in-house apps that form a complete starter kit for every new Android phone that goes on sale. Despite the popularity of third-party alternatives to Google apps, some of them remain favorites among Android fans. Files by Google is still one of the best file management apps on Android, and it’s only going to get better. Word is also Google is rethinking its approach to secure file storage in the application and has decided to develop a new option now in the bottom bar.
Users of older files should be aware of an option called Secure Folder, which has been around since 2020. It requires a PIN or pattern to unlock, and files stored in the locked folder become inaccessible to third-party applications. You can’t even share it or take a screenshot. Angle Sadykov The Google News Telegram channel has spotted a new feature under development, the Important ear with a very similar function.
Sandwiched between as a second option Clean and Browsing in the bottom bar, the new Important tab opens a blank screen where you can add files using the right-aligned floating action button (FAB). Tapping the button will open the camera scan, select an existing file or an existing photo. Sadykov reports that tapping the first option opens Goggle Camera, but the app says it doesn’t have permission to write to that secure folder. Since you can theoretically add any type of file here, it would be useful to be able to group by file type that can be on the cards.
There are some notable differences that differentiate the existing Secure Folder option from the Important tab capabilities. On the one hand, you need to be able to share files from the latter without moving them first. Then the upcoming storage can be more secure because it uses the Android biometric prompt instead of a PIN code or pattern. As a result, files stored in the Important tab can be conveniently accessed and more securely hidden from prying eyes—a win-win situation.
In the upcoming version of the Files app, the Nearby Sharing tab will also be slightly modified to include a detailed description of the features. THE Send and Gets the buttons will also be the same size instead of the option name text defining the width of the button.
That said, the bottom bar of many Google apps, like Gmail, has seen a lot of new changes in recent months, so it’s no surprise that Google is going this route and plans to add an Important option to the Files app as well. However, there’s no telling what’s in store for the Secure Folder option you use today.