Google is Bringing Instant Apps to Games on Android

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"With Google Play Instant, we want to make it easy for fans to try out and enjoy apps and games immediately, without having to wait to install", said Jonathan Karmel, Product Manager, Google Play.

The search giant did confirm Lens will be added to Google Photos for iOS during Mobile World Congress, but did not specify when to expect it's arrival, aside from stating it is "coming soon" in a Twitter post. Several of which you may have already seen on VRFocus today and more of which can no doubt be expected throughout the week ahead. Google Play Instant experiences will be available in the Google Play Store, the Google Play Games app, or wherever game links are shared. Google said more games will become available to play instantly later this year.

Games that are supported by Google Play Instant show a "Try now" button along with the Install button on Play Store. The update is now live in the Google Play Store. You can do the same with the slimmed-down version of Words with Friends 2.

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Product managers with Google Play told TechCrunch that the Instant Apps feature they added past year enabled them to learn some things that are being put to good use through Google Play Instant.

You can check out Google Play Instant games in the Play Store, where you'll spot a "Try Now" button to the side of the usual "Install", same as things are for Instant Apps. Moderated by Craig Chapple, Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz, the panel will explore the exciting growth of emerging mobile platforms for instant entertainment experiences, including a state of the market and what's next for Facebook's Instant Games and Android's platforms. For games, though, the team made a decision to increase the maximum file size from 2 MB to 10 MB, which isn't really a surprise, given that a game needs a few more graphical assets than your regular to-do list app. For the most part, though, building an Instant Play game means bringing the file size to under 10 MB and adding a few lines to the app's manifest. Google plans to invite additional developers into the closed beta program over time. Now the games selection is limited, featuring just a handful of games as the service is now in Beta mode for developers.

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