Google Expands 'Instant Apps' To Games

Alyssa Bailey
March 20, 2018

To checkout the current crop of Google Play Instant games, hit this link. Several of which you may have already seen on VRFocus today and more of which can no doubt be expected throughout the week ahead.

As we noted, there are only a handful of instant games available at launch - but both the new Play Games app and a selection of instant games are available now for Android users to try. Jonathan Karmel, Senior Product Manager at Google Play said, explaining some very early data from the live experiments which the company had been quietly running since December past year.

Instant Games will operate with a smaller portion of the app that can allow users to get a feel for the game before committing.

Android P, the next version of Google's mobile operating system, will seemingly block apps built for Android 4.1 and lower. If you like it, you can then opt to install the full version.

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Google just expanded its Instant Apps program, which TechCrunch calls "a way for developers to give users a native app experience that didn't involve having to install anything". For the most part, though, building an Instant Play game means bringing the file size to under 10 MB and adding a few lines to the app's manifest.

The new features include a way for Android users to try apps without a complete download.

Unsurprisingly, some developers now make better use of that limited file size than others. Meanwhile, Demo Loops will help developers test games on live devices in the Test Lab. Instant apps can also be useful to getting reluctant friends hooked on the same game. While the interface here is slightly different, you're once again just one tap away from launching the game of your choice-no install needed. The app originally was Android's answer to the iOS Game Center, with a focus on achievements, matchmaking and playing games with friends, but now it's been redesigned with a bigger focus on curated content and discovery features.

It is limited to the aforementioned developers right now, but Google plans to offer it to more soon.

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