Merely a concept at Google I/O 2016 conference, Instant Apps may be on the verge of a proper rollout. If this were to be implemented in a near future, it will bring a whole other level of efficiency and speed to Google Play apps.
Google Play Store is being patched for Instant Apps
The community over at XDA Developers tore down the latest Google Play Store APK and discovered that Google is actively working to finally launch Instant Apps.
It seems like there are some new lines of code solely focused on making it easier for users to opt out of Instant Apps. Furthermore, Google will implement some sort of symbol that would indicate if a particular app supports Instant Apps.
What are Instant Apps?
Instant Apps is designed for Android devices running Jelly Bean 4.2 or above. The idea is to enable an app to run instantly, without forcing the user to download the whole app.
To put this into perspective, let’s say a friend sends you a link with an awesome selfie feature that is part of a photo editing app.
Without Instant Apps that link will either take you to a web version of the feature which most likely has limited functionality or prompts you to download the app.
With Instant Apps, your device will be able to open the feature inside the photo editing app even if you don’t have that app installed.
The plan is to split the app into tiny modules and allow your device to only download the parts that are needed to display the related information.
Are Instant Apps the next big thing for Google Play?
The community behind Android seems to think so. Esteemed developers regard Instant Apps as “an evolution in app sharing and discovery” which will allow Android users to “experience what you love about apps with a single tap”.
What’s in it for the users?
Once implemented, Instant Apps will offer improved interaction as well as save tons of space on your device by removing the need to install software that you don’t use frequently.
Most likely Google will start off with a limited collection of Instant Apps compatible store listings – B&H Photo Video, BuzzFeed, Medium, Hotel Tonight, Zumper and Disney are confirmed as early participants.