This year at Google I/O, Google gave us a lot of reasons to be excited about what is coming in the future. It announced two new messaging apps Allo and Duo, Google Home, the new platform for VR – Daydream and a lot more. One of the biggest and most exciting announcements was “Android Instant Apps”. Imagine a website, the only thing you need to do to access it is to type in or click on its URL and after a couple of seconds, you are there. With Android Instant Apps that same idea is applied to Android applications as well.
With this new project, Google is changing the way you experience android apps. Android Instant Apps will allow you to tap on a link and Google Play will load only the necessary information of the app to run the page you need without downloading or installing the application. For example, you want to buy a new camera, after doing a quick search you find it and click on the link and instead of loading the eBay web page (and prompting you to use their app) you see the information of the camera in the official eBay application. Personally, If I have to buy something from a site on mobile I don’t use a website to do so but an app because it feels better – it’s native.
Another scenario is when you are paying your parking ticket. You hold the device to the NFC reader and it will bring the page of you parking application you need to complete the payment. This makes the whole process a lot quicker. This is what is ahead of us.
Currently, Google offers the Instant Apps API to a close number of partners such as BuzzFeed, B&H Photo, Medium, Hotel Tonight, Zumper and Disney, so if you are a developer go on and complete the short registration form here LINK. For the rest of us, users, we will have to wait a bit more to use this revolutionary new experience in our hands. According to Google, we will be able to use Android Instant Apps later this year.