One of the major announcement’s during Google’s I/O 2016 came in the form of Android Instant apps and the feature has been launched for live testing with several apps such as Buzzfeed, Viki, Periscope and Wish on its platform.
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The company announced live testing of its Android Instant app feature in order to allow users to access apps directly without having the need to install them, hence discovering apps and their functionality faster and using them without much interference.
Google has been working with a small community of developers in order to redefine user experience while using the app — making it more seamless.
“Today, a few of these Instant Apps will be available to Android users for the first time in a limited test. By collecting user feedback and iterating on the product, we’ll be able to expand the experience to more apps and users,” says Aurash Mahbod, Software Engineer, Google Play.
Instant Apps will launch as soon as an Android user clicks an associated link from an app that isn’t installed on their device.
The company hasn’t made it clear yet as to how long will the initial test last or when more apps will be included into the Instant App fold.
The Instant App downloads are limited to approximately 4MB, which makes sure that any app running on the Instant platform doesn’t eat into your RAM, while giving you a fair idea about the app too.
“To develop an instant app, you’ll need to update your existing Android app to take advantage of Instant Apps functionality and then modularise your app so part of it can be downloaded and run on-the-fly. You’ll use the same Android APIs and Android Studio project,” he added.
Android Instant app will enhance user experience as one can access certain app features without needing to install it on their devices.
More apps will be added this year to the Instant app experience and you can expect this feature to be a mainstay on Android by the end of the year. Devices which do not have Google Play Services installed on them won’t be able to use the Instant app service.
The full app SDK for developers will only be available in the next few months, but Google has suggested app makers modularise and trim their products a bit in order to accommodate the Instant app changes.