Android Instant Apps: The Rollout Begins

Android Instant Apps aim to bring the app experience to your browser. Announced back at Google IO 2016, this feature aims to let users experience the app without having to download and install it on their phone. While this was purely developmental till now, it seems like Google has finally started to roll out the feature to some users.


Reports have started coming in that users running Android 7.0 and above are able to access instant apps. While this is a exciting news, it must be noted that the rollout is incremental and will take a while to reach a wider user base. For those who want to check if they have access to Instant Apps, following are the steps to be performed:

  • Go to your device settings
  • Navigate to Google Settings
  • Under the Services category, look for Instant Apps
  • If you find it, navigate inside and turn it on using the toggle on the top-right corner
  • Go through the Terms and Conditions and select ‘Yes, I’m in’ at the end.

Instant Apps have a pretty good potential as it makes the user experience hassle free and smooth. The workflow behind this is pretty simple. The application is split into a number of modules and Google Play fetches only those modules that are necessary to run the app. Evidently, this makes the app light-weight and easily viewable.

Without the need for installation, users can have a full-fledged experience of the app and then download it if required. This can end up saving lots of space on the device. The feature, although available in Android Nougat as of now, is deemed to be compatible with majority of Android devices that use Google Play Services or with those running Android Jelly Bean and above.

Let us know how you feel about this new feature and whether you are able to access Instant Apps on your device yet.


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