Google’s FileStream app has been around since 2009, and its main selling point is its file-sharing functionality.
Now, with Android 6.0 (API level 25) and up, it’s finally ready for mainstream adoption.
As it’s not an official Google app, we’ve been able to test it with some files uploaded to our Google Drive account, but this is a pretty broad API.
For example, we could use FileStream to create a Dropbox-like folder that’s shared across multiple Android devices.
This is a feature that’s been available in Android apps before, but FileStream is the first to offer it to users on a mainstream level.
Google’s file-uploading app lets you upload files from a variety of sources, including YouTube and Google Drive, and lets you create folders that are shared across Android devices with one click.
It also lets you import photos, audio, video, and more directly into your Google Drive and Dropbox accounts.
We tested FileStream on our Nexus 7 tablet, but you can use it on any Android tablet with Android’s native file-sending capabilities, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Nexus 7 (2016), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S7, and Galaxy Note 5.
This means that it’s easy to add any file to your Dropbox account, including videos and music, and to add folders to your Google Cloud Drive account.
This includes sharing folders with your Google Docs or Google Drive docs.
FileStream also lets users create new folders and folders that will automatically be added to their Google Drive accounts, so they can easily share them with friends and family.
We tested Filestream on the Samsung Note 10.5 and Galaxy S6, and we found it easy to navigate the interface, even with the small size of the Android interface.
There are a few drawbacks to FileStream: a) You can only upload a single file to a single device at a time, and you have to share a single URL.
Google has also introduced FileStream’s “file size reduction” feature to help reduce the amount of space you’re wasting on your Google drive.
b) It’s still very much a work in progress.
There’s still no official Google API level 25 support, and it hasn’t been updated in quite some time.
Google has made its FileStream a staple of Android users’ homescreen, but we haven’t tested File Stream on our Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 8, or S6 devices.
It’s also not available on the Amazon Fire Phone.
Google is rolling out FileStream in an effort to bring file sharing to Android’s mainstream, and with the launch of FileStream 2, the app has finally reached the masses.
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You can read more about FileStream and Android in our Google Files section.