One of the interesting things announced at last year’s Google I/O event was Instant Apps. Instant Apps is a Google feature that aims to make the way to install apps more efficient. So for example, I want to access a video in the CNN or YouTube app, all I have to do is click the link and instead of prompting me to download the app, I watch the video within the app without actively installing it. Since last year though, little has been heard of the feature until now when Google just announced that it was commencing live test of the feature that will see services like BuzzFeed and Periscope in the first phase.
In the statement released, Google says
“We’ve been working with a small number of developers to refine the user and developer experiences. Today, a few of these Instant Apps will be available to Android users for the first time in a limited test, including apps from BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki. By collecting user feedback and iterating on the product, we’ll be able to expand the experience to more apps and more users.”
To develop Instant Apps on Android, you would need to update your existing app. They added that thousands of developers have indicated interest in the new feature.
This all comes as the AI powered bots is set to overtake the app economy and this is based on the survey of developers who have indicated interest in both.