Files by Google adds neat media player volume and brightness gesture controls

Files by Google is one of the most stripped-back file managers for Android, but it has a simple, easy-to-understand design and layout. If you didn’t already know, the media player within Files by Google now includes some neat volume and brightness control gestures.

When opening a video into the media player within Files by Google, tapping, then dragging upwards on the left or right side of the display will adjust the brightness and volume, respectively.

These changes are rolling out with version 1.0.332273520, according to the folks over at Android Police, who first spotted this neat little usability change. It might not be as useful if you already use a third-party or external media player like VLC or even MX Player — which as AP has pointed out — does look to have inspired this latest feature.

You can check out the video below to see these new Files by Google media controls in action:

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What’s also worth noting is that you can activate these added controls when in portrait or landscape mode, which is great if you want to watch a movie you’ve downloaded or video you have shot at any point and prefer using touch controls that don’t ruin immersion — too much.

Files by Google is steadily adding features that might eventually make it a one-stop-shop for all of your file management and media consumption on Android.

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