Announced at Google I/O today, Android Instant Apps may finally make apps the seamless transition we deserve.
Instant Apps are something of a “why didn’t I think of that?” type deal. Instead of forcing users to go through the often time wasting process of downloading a separate app to finish something you’re doing online or in another app, modules will install in their place. These modules will stay behind and take up less space than a full fledged app.
Say you’re online and you get a hankering for a subwoofer for your sick whip (do the kids still call them whips?) and you find one on Crutchfield. Instant Apps would drop a module on your device so you could instantly go to the Crutchfield app, purchase the subwoofer and use the handy Android Pay to finish the transaction. This makes things safer and quicker because time is money. Plus the full app wouldn’t be on you phone or tablet, saving valuable space for apps that matter like Angry Birds 4D.
Instant Apps was fully on display at I/O today but Google is not set to debut the service until this fall. The really great thing is this will not be some Android N exclusive thing. Support will drop all the way back to Jelly Bean. That’s real good news for a lot of geeks on older devices.
We’ll geeks, what say you? Seems pretty cool, yes? Would you be more inclined to check out other apps if you could just use them this way? I’m thinking Android is about to get a hell of a lot more interesting.