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June 6, 2017

Developers can now get cracking on those Android Instant Apps

During its developer conference in May, Google took Android Instant Apps out of the back burner when the company announced it would make available the tools necessary to make them. Fast forward to today, and the search giant updated the Instant Apps resources so developers can start to make them.

As a refresher, Instant Apps are not meant to replace full-fledged apps – they are lightweight versions of their native counterparts. Even so, Instant Apps offer similar experiences while taking up far less space on your device.

See also: What Android Instant Apps mean for Google Play install numbers 3 weeks ago

To get started on the conversion, Google lists [...]

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February 14, 2017

How to use Android Instant Apps

At Google I/O 2016, we got our first look at a wonderful new feature coming to Android called Instant Apps. Basically, Instant Apps allow you to access a cloud-based version of the app on your Android phone without requiring you to install it from the Play Store. This will not only save users time and effort, but they’ll also allow companies to let people demo what’s essentially a full version of their app before installing it.

If you’ve been waiting since last May to try this feature out for yourself, we have some good news. Google is finally rolling out Instant Apps, but only to a select number of users at the moment. I have the feature working on my Nexus 6P running [...]

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February 13, 2017

Android Instant Apps is slowly rolling out to select smartphones and apps

A few weeks after Google announced it would begin a limited test of its previously announced Android Instant Apps platform, some of these apps are now available for a limited number of smartphone owners. The apps have been created so users can access and use them without having to download them directly to their device.

See also: How to enable Developer Options on your Android device December 5, 2016

The idea behind these apps, which were first announced at Google I/O 2016, is centered on keeping download files sizes down to the bare minimal. In this case, the Google Play Store downloads only enough code for the Android Instant App to run on the device. The [...]

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