Imagine a situation where you are travelling and you want to look for a restaurant with good reviews nearby. But unfortunately you do not have any related apps installed on your phone and since you are running low on data you cannot download one now either.
So what if I told you, you don’t need to actually install the app on your phone, instead, you can just use the app by tapping on the link of it without actually installing it. Yea that is what Google has been working on for the past few years and this feature has been named by Google as Instant Apps.
Instant apps were one of the major announcements made by Google at its keynote last year and it is a part of its app streaming feature which the company has been working on for some time.
What Instant apps do is that it allows you to use any app instantly without the need to install it on your phone by clicking on the link to the app anywhere on your phone, be it a messaging app or any other social media platform or a website. It just runs the few lines of code that are broken into small pieces of individual packets that are necessary for executing an app.
Currently, the developers at Google are working on it and it is not expected to roll out to the general public as of now. Apps like Buzzfeed, Periscope and Viki are expected to release their versions of Instant apps soon thus giving the users an idea of what it’s like to use an app without the traditional installation procedure from the Play store.
Though the APIs required for implementing the Instant apps feature is currently only made available to select developers, it is expected to roll out to more apps and users in the near future.
Instructions on how to prepare your current app to support the Instant apps feature and several other procedures could be found here at the official Android Blog.
I cannot wait to get my hands on these instant apps and if you feel the same way, let me know in the comments and don’t forget to share this awesome news with your friends!