Android Instant Apps Live Testing Begins With Select Apps
One of the biggest announcements made by Google at the annual I/O 2016 keynote for the company was Android Instant Apps. According to the news doing the rounds, the company is at last ready to test the service live on a few select applications.
Android Instant Apps is essentially a feature that will allow you to open up any application by simply tapping on a particular link. For this, the app does not even need to be installed! This is in short an extension of Google’s app streaming function that they have been developing for the past couple of years.
In a blog statement that announced the arrival of the first Android Instant Apps live testing, the Google Play’s Software Engineer, Aurash Mahbod said, “Android Instant Apps was previewed at Google I/O last year as a new way to run Android apps without requiring installation. Instant Apps is an important part of our effort to help users discover and run apps with minimal friction”.
Mahbod unveiled the fact that Google has been working with a number of carefully chosen developers in order to bring out the first few Android Instant Apps. Currently there is a limited test going around for apps like Wish, BuzzFeed, Viki and Periscope. This is of course only available to Android users.
However, do not be disappointed as the company has confirmed that it has plans to extend the reach of Android Instant Apps to many more users and of course apps. For now, Google is collecting feedback from users, following the first testing.
The Android Instant Apps feature will allow users to open up uninstalled apps from multiple locations like messaging, social media, search and a wide number of other deeper links. AT the annual I/O 2016, Google explained that they will need the partner applications to be created with modules. This means that users will open up on the essential modules when they tap on a particular app feature.
When addressing app developers, Mahbod said, “To develop an instant app, you’ll need to update your existing Android app to take advantage of Instant Apps functionality and then modularize 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.”
According to Google, the entire collection of tools for development will be available in the next few months.
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by techtalks @TechTalks April 12, 2017 7:49 AM UTC