Introducing Google Play Instant, a faster way to try apps and games

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The tool can also perform text detection on an image, which can be extracted and used for other purposes, like copying the visible words into a document in another app. Google Lens even includes the ability to create a contact from a photograph of a business card, automatically filling out details displayed on the card.

The list of games that are available under the Google Play Instant section on Play Store is now limited but big titles like Clash Royale and Final Fantasy are already available to try through the new service on Play Store. The move possibly comes as Google is looking to improve the security features with Android P, which the firm is also doing by blocking idle apps from accessing your smartphones' camera and mic.

Between now and 15 May, every new user you sign up to Google Pay who completes one transaction will net you and your friend $10 each of Google Play credit to use on anything on the Google Play Store (except hardware). There's absolutely no install time and games run exactly like they would if they had been installed onto your phone. Allowing them to get a taster of the experience, make a judgement on whether or not it is something they would like to look at further, and are given an option to then download the full application from within the Instant experience. Several of which you may have already seen on VRFocus today and more of which can no doubt be expected throughout the week ahead. Nonetheless, these instant-play games still load pretty fast, considering that they're games and not more basic apps.

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The introduction of Google Play Instant is part of the app redesign. As you're trialing a game, Google will display an "Install now!" button to install the full game on your Android device if you so choose. Meanwhile, Demo Loops will help developers test games on live devices in the Test Lab.

Although developers are limited to only 10MB per instant app, there's room to come up with some innovative formats, Karmel said. Instant apps can also be useful to getting reluctant friends hooked on the same game. "At this point we are not announcing a date [for the open beta]". We thought you might.