Get one-tap Android Instant Apps without installing them

“What if you could run any app with one tap?”

Just like on the web and just like with installed apps, you may soon be able to get into an Android app … without installing it! It’s what we saw with Android Instant Apps at Google I/O.

Android’s engineers are working on making sure that you can hit a URL and, if it can connect to an Android app, the Google Play Store can download only the code necessary to show off the content you need. Be it a videos module or a text article module, you can access that part of the app, just like as you would see it in the app, in just a tap. You can even bring up, say, B&H’s product purchasing interface and get a camera from them without installing its app in just two taps.

Developers can modularize their apps and update them on the Play Store as needed for phones — going as far back as Android Jelly Bean — to take advantage of.

This story is still developing.


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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.