Android Instant Apps gives the Play Store a 'Try Now' button to test and use apps without installing
The Android Instant Apps Platform has now had a full public release allowing users to try applications without needing to install them. The platform also allows continued use and access to application features.
The trial programs have ended, and the Android Instant Apps Platform initially announced in 2016 is now available for all consumers to use. This platform allows users to tap a “Try Now” button on the Play Store and test out the look, design, and functionality of an application without having to install on their phone.
However, one of the primary intentions of these instant apps is to allow users to access app content without having to install them first. The idea is like using a mobile website but utilizes local Android assets for improved speed and visuals.
Instant Apps aren't created automatically, so they need to be supported by app developers, and at this stage, they are only available for a relatively small number of applications. Surprisingly for a new feature, older versions of Android aren’t left out of the club with Google saying that instant apps will be available to the majority of devices running Android 5.0 (API level 21) and higher.
To start using Android Instant Apps, you must go to ‘Settings > Google > Instant Apps > Switch On > Accept’ and then the “Try Now” button will appear next to the install button on supported apps in the Play Store.
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.