Android Instant Apps to make sharing rich app content as easy as sharing web links

Android logoSharing app-specific content is a tricky proposition, if only because we don't all have the same software on our phones. And while we could always go ahead and download a full app just to check out a certain bit our buddy wants to share with us, Google realizes that even that step can be a big impediment to casual sharing. But today at Google I/O, the company has just revealed a new system that promises to make sharing app-specific content as easy as sharing a website URL, with Android Instant Apps.

Google's already been experimenting with streamlining the app-delivery process, and last year we saw it begin serving app links in search results that could stream functional apps to our phones without requiring a typical install.

Android Instant Apps to make sharing rich app content as easy as sharing web links

Android Instant Apps takes that idea and improves on it by splitting up apps into core modules and allowing just the ones we need to quickly and seamlessly install on our phones, when we need them.

Say you want to look at an animation your friend created with a 3D-modeling app. With Android Instant Apps, you'd tap a link that would download only the parts of that app essential to displaying that content, which you'd then immediately get to see. If you were impressed by that experience, you'd always be free to install the complete app for yourself.

Implementing Android Instant Apps requires devs to look at how they can divide their apps into these distinct modules, but the really exciting part is that none of this is Android N-specific – or even requires a relatively recent Android build. Instead, Android Instant Apps will work as far back as Jellybean handsets.

Google's going to start testing Android Instant Apps with a few key devs, but the company is clear that it wants to take its time to make sure that everything works right. So while you may not get to try it out straight away, the first user-accessible apps should land sometime later this year.

Source: phoneArena

Tags: Android, Google

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Consumer group recommends iPhone 8 over anniversary model
LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too
That fiction is slowly becoming a reality
The Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC includes the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem
Human moderators can help make YouTube a safer place for everyone
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages
All 2018 models to sport the 'notch'
The biggest exchange in South Korea, where the BTC/KRW pair is at $14,700 now
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)