Google’s Instant apps are being rolled out for testing

By : |January 24, 2017 0

Bridging the gap between web apps and native apps, Google’s Instant app is finally out for testing.

Google said, “We’ve been working with a small number of developers to refine the user and developer experiences. Today, a few of these Instant Apps will be available to Android users for the first time in a limited test, including 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.”

Initially announced at Google I/O developer conference in May last year, ‘Instant app’ breaks native apps into very small packets that can run almost instantly when you are on URL. You don’t need to download or install applications; just tapping on the link will bring the information on your phone.


The concept is simple. If there is an app you want to use but don’t want on your phone because you will use it sparingly, like parking apps, you can simply tap on the URL and use the app without downloading it.

Google VP of Engineering for Android Dave Burke said, “Instant Apps is really about re-thinking where apps are going. Web pages are ephemeral. They appear, you use them, and never think about them again.”

Google has also released a series of tips for developers who want to convert their existing apps into Instant Apps-compatible versions.

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