A year after announcing the project at its last I/O developer conference, Google has announced the launch of ‘Instant Apps’. The announcement was made by Ellie Powers, product manager of Google Play, at this year’s conference.
This new platform is designed for building native apps with the speed and functionality of web apps, thereby bringing a bridge between the two types of apps. Until now, the company had launched the program on a limited scale, making it available only for a select group of developers.
The original plan was for these ‘Instant’ Apps to run on older versions of Android such as 4.3. However, now, they operate on the Android 6.0 groundwork.
Google mentioned that developers might require around a month or more to let their apps adapt to these specifications. The company had previously released a few of the ‘Instant App’ versions this January to view their response and performance. Since then, a few corporations had also teamed up with Google to pursue this new type of apps.
Now, all developers can access the app through the Google search engine and download it for their creative use.
In order to use this newly launched tool to develop apps, developers need to integrate their applications with deep links. This is meant to allow users to use the URL to reach areas of the app that they search for. ‘Instant Apps’ allows coders to develop a more eased-out version of their Android apps without the burden of visiting the Google Play Store.