Google Play Instant Apps are sparse but are finally arriving in the search giant’s digital store, which allow users to try apps before installing them…
Search giant Google just made a few announcements on its Android developers blog. The biggest, though, is the arrival of Instant Apps in the Play Store. For those unfamiliar, Instant Apps let mobile users stream apps to their devices to try out without downloading them.
Google Play Instant Apps Come to the Store
Instant Apps were first introduced back in May 2016 at the Google I/O event. Then, in January, the search engine started rolling out support for these programs. However, only a few of these apps are available and there’s not a single source curating them. Now, Google is placing more supported Instant Apps in the Play Store. These are identifiable by a “Try it Now” button. Some of which appear on this page.
This technology makes it easier for users to decide to purchase and/or install an app. Additionally, there is a refund system which gives users the ability to get their money back within two hours of purchase.
Instant Apps are somewhat similar to PWAs or Progressive Web Apps. These mimic native apps by placing a shortcut on a mobile device. PWAs work just like native apps but do not require download to work.
Developers interested in creating Instant Apps can follow this official guide.