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Android Instant Apps will soon let you run apps quickly without installing first

In an effort to help people start using apps faster, Google has introduced Android Instant Apps. These apps startup instantly, without the need to actually install themselves onto your device, instead running from the cloud, just like tapping a link to load a webpage.

Apps are split into modules, allowing Google Play to download only the parts that are necessary at a given time. With a couple of taps, you can install the rest of the app while you use the parts you need at the moment. With Instant Apps you can, for example, tap on a link for a product on an online store, which will then take you to that products page in the store's app without installing the app first.

Developers can update existing apps, modularizing them for Google Play to take advantage of this feature, and users will be more readily able to find your apps in more ways, not just through Google Play. Instant Apps will also be backward compatible with devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Google notes that Instant Apps won't be prevalent for some time. For the moment, it is working with a small group of developers on the feature, which will roll out to more developers over time. Users should start seeing Instant Apps later this year.

15 Comments
  • So I don't get to review app permissions, it just launches? Not sure I like that.
  • Its likely that pre-6.0 devices will allow you to review permissions, with 6.0 and beyond prompting the user to grant permissions as they are needed.
  • I know marshmallow prompts you about permissions and I don't even have it yet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So, like Chrome apps?
  • I thought they would announce this. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Finally, Google invented the Trojan horse!
  • Rofl but seriously besides the seamless update thing IO has been Shiity Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • And if you don't have WiFi or cell tower coverage? Doesn't work. Cloud base has its purpose, but as a sole place of interaction? Don't think so. Posted via the Android Central App
  • On the other hand, there are no parking meters in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Says who? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It isn't the sole mode of interaction. It is an option for those who want it.
  • True. I guess what I should have said is that it won't work for everyone. Maybe I'm a slow adopter. In my area, cell tower coverage is spotty at best. There has been a steady push for everything to be cloud based. It works for some concepts, not all. Right or wrong, I'm still not feeling that having everything cloud based is the right thing to do. Rant over. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You won't be opening a link without a connection either, so what's your point? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google copied Ubuntu Scopes! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sounds like malware to me. Posted via the Android Central App