App Cloud Streaming

Google now trials apps on the cloud with Instant Apps. Google will, thereby gather all user and app information which is valuable to the app provider.

Google has started real-world testing of its Instant Apps feature, reports Times of India. These apps were announced in May 2016 at the company's I/O conference. Months after their preview, the search giant has finally made some of the Instant apps available for Android users on the Google Play Store (though still not for everyone).

Instant Apps run on Google servers instead on the device. This not only helps save time but also internet data and storage too. Users can experience the app completely before downloading it. According to Aurash Mahbod, software engineer, Google Play, the company has been working with a small number of developers to refine the user and developer experiences.

The limited tests of includes apps from BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki. "By collecting user feedback and iterating on the product, we'll be able to expand the experience to more apps and more users, wrote Aurash Mahbod, software engineer, Google Play on the Android Developer blog post. Mahbod added that to make their apps compatible with the new Instant Apps feature, developers would need to 'modularize' their apps so users are able to download a part of it. "You'll use the same Android APIs and Android Studio project. Today, you can also take some important steps to be ready for Instant Apps development. The full SDK will be available in the coming months."

In October 2016, there were reports that Google has started rolling out Instant Apps feature to select users in the US. The report claimed that the Instant Apps feature was limited to some Android games and will likely see a wider reach across categories in some time. Users would see a 'Try Now' option in the app listing page, tapping which starts the app stream on the handset. According to the report, with Instant Apps while the application streams, there will be a floating icon on the screen which displays an option to exit streaming, learn more about a particular feature, and also see how much streaming time is left.


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