Files by Google 1.0.33 adds playback speed controls for videos and a PDF handler
Android users had to wait a long time for an official file manager app from Google, and they finally got one in 2017 when the company released the Files by Google app. The application, which was previously named Files Go, was originally only available for Android Go Edition devices. A lot has changed since its first release, and Files by Google is now available on any Android device. Over the years, it has gotten a bunch of new features, too. Google added a Safe Folder just last month, letting you securely store your private information and files. Now, Files by Google 1.0.33 introduces a couple of more useful features.
The first of these new features is the ability to control a video’s playback speed in the app’s video player. The option lives under the 3-dot menu at the top right corner, and it offers a playback speed options from 0.5 to 2x. You can also choose a playback speed in increments of 0.1 by scrolling the horizontal wheel. I have personally never felt the need to change the default speed of the video I’m watching, but I can understand how some people may find that useful when watching lectures. Interestingly, even the video player found in the Google Photos apps doesn’t offer such a feature.
Another welcome new feature is a dedicated PDF handler. Previously, if you wanted to open a PDF file inside Files by Google, you had to either use a PDF viewer from Drive or whatever third-party option you had installed. Looks like none of those options will be necessary for Files by Google users anymore.
The 1.0.33 update has been available in the Google Play Store for a couple of days now, so there’s a chance that you’re already running the latest version. If not, you can always open the store and check for updates manually. If you aren’t already using Files by Google, you can download it from the Play Store listing below.