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Google will let you play Android games before downloading them

Google will let you play Android games before downloading them

It lets you get started in a game without having to download it completely - in essence you're streaming the bits you need to your Android phone or tablet. Some of the initial games include Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2 and Final Fantasy XV. While you try out the game in this mode, you will see a persistent "Install" button which will let you install the full app whenever you want. Instant also brings the same "Try Now" button to Google ads, the Play Games app and in links sent through social invites. Now it's time for the next evolution of this feature, with the debut of Google Play Instant for games. While you can only play a portion of the game like this, you'll come across plenty of prompts to download the full app if you're so inclined. And in early testing, it's been successful. 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.

Kochikar said a Google engineering director plans to meet developers at this week's conference to brainstorm uses for machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence that enables data analysis and prediction.

Select titles from noted developers like Supercell, Zynga and King can now be played without downloading the full app to the device.

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"Everything we've done on Play and Android to support game developers is being extended to several Google products", Purnima Kochikar, who leads business development for Google's Play app store, said in an interview. New tags like "New" or "Action" make it easier to find a particular type of game. At GDC today, the company is expanding its efforts with games by introducing Google Play Instant for games. Later this year, it will be opened up more broadly, and it will be available to app developers as well as game producers.

Last week, Google's cloud division released a service for developers to set up fast connections between players across the world.





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