Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google Play Instant lets you try games without having to install them

Google Play Instant lets you try games without having to install them

Google Play Instant will grow larger over the course of 2018, but for now, you can try some of the first Instant game on your Android device by visiting the new Instant Gameplay section of the Google Play store. Not only did that let you get things done faster, but also served as some smart advertising for devs; if a user liked what they saw with Instant Apps, they might consider downloading and installing the full thing.

Google has announced that it's expanding its Instant Apps program to include games, which was launched previous year and allows users to try apps out to see if they like them before downloading them.

Android Instant Apps haven't taken off, and with just a few games in the Google Play Instant program, it's unlikely these will either, at least right away.

But the barrier to entry is about to get even lower on Android, as Google introduced Google Play Instant at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week.

Alphabet Inc's Google on Monday unveiled new tools for game developers, days after opening Maps to create location-based online games, challenging technology rivals including Inc in the bid for a bigger slice of the lucrative industry. After trying out a title, it's easy to install the game by tapping the button.

Google lists a handful of apps that support Instant apps, including Skyscanner, NYTimes Crossword Puzzle, Buzzfeed, Onefootball, Red Bull TV, and the UN's ShareTheMeal app. Google Play Instant brings that same kind of immediate software gratification to Android gamers. The update is now live in the Google Play Store.

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". Meanwhile, Demo Loops will help developers test games on live devices in the Test Lab. "We just want the quality to be where it needs to be", Karmel added.

It is limited to the aforementioned developers right now, but Google plans to offer it to more soon.

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