Google Adding “Try It Now” Button To Android Instant Apps in the Play Store
Now you can try out apps before you buy them. Google has made a new “Try It Now” button available for apps.
You can find this button along the install button on selected apps in the play store. Instant Apps could revolutionize the way we choose what apps we buy. It could also start a new era of prosperity for developers of paid apps.
Showcasing Android Instant Apps
In 2006 Google showcased Android Instant Apps. These mini apps would act as a short demo of an app. The apps were a functional but smaller breakdown of the apps in much lighter file sizes.
This allowed users to test out an app and then it would be deleted upon closing. The user could then decide whether to pay or download the full-sized app from the play store.
The option was first given to app developers who had the option whether to use it or not. The idea never took off although it was thought that it could be very useful. Eventually, the feature became “vapourware” because nobody wanted to use it and it laid dormant until now.
This is the reason why users haven’t seen the Instant Apps in action yet. In May it was released to the Play Store where they first got a taste of what it can do. You can try out this feature by searching for any of the following apps which are showcased on the Play Store:
- NYTimes Crossword
- Red Bull TV
- Onefootball Live Soccer Scores
The selection is few at the moment but it has the potential to become very popular soon. Many more apps supporting the capability for Android Instant Apps will be sporting the “Try It” button.
The Benefits For Consumers And Developers
Android Instant Apps could start a new trend of single-use apps. This will appeal to clients who would like to try out many new apps without a commitment. It will also be advantageous to users who own devices with very limited storage space.
Downloading an Instant App will be much quicker and easier because it is not the full app and requires only small amounts of data connectivity.
The app has not fully been adopted by developers and users yet but could have many benefits for both. It will simplify the process for users and there will be much less hassle. Developers could also see an increase in sales because more people will be familiar with their apps.
Developers who have premium apps will have a new way of convincing people to buy their apps. Allowing potential clients to test out the functionality of an app is the quickest way to get them hooked.
Users can indulge in many new exciting experiences. They can try quick tantalizing snippets of apps they might never have been able to afford. The experience will practically be indistinguishable from the full version of the app.
How To Check If Your Android Device Supports Instant Apps
When users click “Try It”, they activate a link which allows them to operate a cloud-based version of the app on their phones. So far only users with devices running Android 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 are able to access the feature. If you have a Nexus 6P or Pixel, you might want to check if this feature is available to you.
Follow these steps to find out if you can access Instant Apps on your Android:
- Navigate to your phone’s Settings menu.
- Scroll down and tap Google under the Personal category.
- Under the Services category, select Instant Apps.
- Tap the toggle on the top-right of the screen.
- Read through the instructions card Terms of Service, then tap Yes, I’m in.
- On your Android device, perform a Google search for one of the supported applications listed above.
- Scroll down and select the app listing that includes the word “Instant”
- Tap “Open app”
The Next Big Trend in App Development
Once you’ve confirmed that Instant Apps is compatible with your Android device, you can begin testing numerous exhilarating apps. Developers should keep an eye out for any new information Google releases about this feature.
This could be the next big trend and you don’t want to miss out. Add the “Try It” button to your app as soon as it’s available to you. The success of your paid app could depend on it.