The last android update which was the android 11 came with some features which were picked up from the windows 90 version trash can that helps in deleting files for the android users. At that very time, trashed files were not actually user-manageable which was a very big problem that needed fixing. Apps could mark items for deletion and offer their own ways to restore them in a unique way, but it wasn’t the sort of centralized “trash can” or “recycle bin” that we all are enjoying today for actually deleted files we are not using again. But based on a recent report, that could change in Android 12, meaning that it will come in another style we may not expect.
For clarification, this new change was among Android’s ongoing “Scoped Storage” tweaks, and it wasn’t directly user-facing. That means developers could use it and build support for it into their own apps making it possible to add more unique features to the application— sort of like Google Photos or Google Drive’s new 30-day deletion policy — but you couldn’t just directly manage your local files with it. At least, not yet.
Last year an in-development feature was spotted for the Files by Google app that would allow it to show Android 11’s “trashed” files in a convenient folder accessible from the app’s sidebar menu. That hasn’t actually rolled out yet, but in tandem with it, Android 12 itself may be building in support for trash file management. Of course, all of this is subject to change, but a recent teardown from the folks at XDA Developers have indicated that the Storage pane in Settings may get a new “trash” listing that states the space occupied by these trashed files, the number of trashed files, and offers to let you empty the trash and delete them. The controls are a little less granular than the feature spotted in development for the Files by Google app, but this is also built right into the system itself.
though the feature in Files by Google was spotted late last year, and it should only depend on Android 11 to work, Google still hasn’t rolled it out yet at least not for now. Based on this latest development, Google may hold its appearance there until Android 12 is finished which will soon be— though there’s nothing really preventing Files by Google from getting it first. Either way, Android 12 is poised to catch up with the bleeding-edge file-deletion technologies of Windows 95.