During Google I/O developer conference the company introduced Android Instant Apps, which is a new feature for Google Play apps that aims to make all apps available to users at any time without installation.
The main idea with Instant Apps on Android N is to bring users more quickly into using new apps, while removing the friction of having to tap many times to download and install app before they can get to the same place in the app.
Here’s how Android Instant Apps works
Suppose, you get a link from a friend on a text message to a video that is only available on a specific app. Without the Instant Apps functionality, you need to click the link, jump to the Google Play store, click Install, wait for the download and installation, and then click Open to launch the app — easily wasting a few minutes –. With the new feature, you can now simply tap the link and your Android N smartphone will automatically and seamlessly load the content as if you had the app already installed in your handset.
What Android Instant Apps does is to split the app into modules and only load the necessary code to load the place on the app you need to access. However, if you were to choose to get the app, you can simply click the Install button on the top right.
Developers will be able to take advantage of the feature by upgrading their existing apps. Google explains that you won’t need to create a different app, you will only need to modify the code to accommodate the new functionality. The company claims that you can get the new integration in your app as soon as in one day — depending on the complexity of the app.
If you’re an Android user, please don’t get too excited right away, as instant apps will be available sometime in 2017 when Android N is running on enough devices. Currently, Google is working with a small number of developers, but the company plans to gradually open the doors to more developers in the near future.
For more information, you can visit the Google Developers website here.