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Google Play Instant will let you try a game without installing it

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Right now you can try it with just six games: Clash Royale, Words With Friends 2, Solitaire, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, and Mighty Battles. During that time, you'll see a constant "INSTALL" button within to let you know that you can/should install the full game.

The company also added some tools to Google Play Console to help developers as they build their games. Today you can check out some of the titles from the Instant Gameplay collection.

However the first new service from Google on display at the talks was actually regarding the Google Play store - and, though whilst not expressly related to immersive applications, it certainly has the capacity to affect any AR app or virtual reality (VR) product for Google's head mounted displays (HMDs) - the Google Cardboard and Google Daydream. Jonathan Karmel, Senior Product Manager at Google Play said, explaining some very early data from the live experiments which the company had been quietly running since December previous year.

If you decide you want to install the game, you can do so directly from within the app without having to navigate back to the Google Play Store. For example, developers might choose to throw prospective players into level 10 of their game to show them the action head-on, as opposed to giving them a simple tutorial. In my experience testing this feature, this still allows the games to load quickly enough, though it doesn't feel quite as instant as most of the regular instant apps do.

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The demos have already started to translate into more downloads for game developers.

Although developers are limited to only 10MB per instant app, there's room to come up with some innovative formats, Karmel said. Google also said game developers would be able to use customized renderings and other data from Maps inside games. We thought you might.

For now, instant apps will only be available to a select group of game developers as part of a closed beta program.



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