Google Expands 'Instant Apps' to Android Games

Android P may start blocking apps from running if they target older APIs

While you are testing out the game, an "Install" button stays on the screen, just daring for you to click on it so that you can download and install the game.

Managers of other Google units had begun thinking about gaming in "a very nuanced way", she added. The apps also don't save anything to the phone or generate an icon; it's a one-time experience after you load up the instant app.

There are six games available at present: Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2, Solitaire, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire, Bubble Witch 3 Saga and Mighty Battles. Google noted in its blog post that the number of Android users who installed a game in the previous year has more than doubled.

Last week, Google's cloud division released a service for developers to set up fast connections between players across the world.

It's coming up on two years now since Google first introduced the idea of Android Instant Apps.

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Notably, in the Android P Developer Preview 1, Google is warning users when it spots an old app, and returning the message, "This app was built for an older version of Android and may not work properly". Allowing them to get a taster of the experience, make a judgement on whether or not it is something they would like to look at further, and are given an option to then download the full application from within the Instant experience.

Instead, you simply head for the Google Play store, find a game that supports this feature, and hit the "Try now" button.

The demos have already started to translate into more downloads for game developers.

Unsurprisingly, some developers now make better use of that limited file size than others. Google also said game developers would be able to use customized renderings and other data from Maps inside games. We suspect you can turn them off if you want. Google plans to invite additional developers into the closed beta program over time. 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.

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