Google yesterday during I/O 2016 announced a new way to view Android apps. Dubbed Instant Android Apps, this new feature will let allow users to tap on a URL, and the Android app will immediately load up without ever requiring an installation.
The benefit of Android Instant Apps is that it gets users into applications much more quickly and easier, getting people to the information they need in a quick tap.
— Google (@google) May 18, 2016
This technology is still in early development. What Google is showing here is just a preview. But, the good news is that Google is planning to officially launch Android Instant Apps by the end of the year. The other good news is that developers won’t have to do a whole lot of work to get there apps compatible with the new feature:
“As a developer, you won’t need to build a new, separate app. It’s the same Android APIs, the same project, the same source code. You’ll simply update your existing Android app to take advantage of Instant Apps functionality. In fact, it can take less than a day to get up and running for some developers, though the effort involved will vary depending on how your app is structured. You modularize your app, and Google Play downloads only the parts that are needed, on the fly.”
One thing’s for certain: Android Instant Apps will make information that much more accessible and convenient to get to. You can get the full rundown of this new feature over on the Android Developers Blog.
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