Applications and smartphones are practically married at this point. It's hard to imagine a world with one and not the other. The process is pretty routine: search for the app, download, wait for the installation to finish, and use.

Depending on the size of the app and the network connection, this process can last a few seconds or several minutes. Even worse, it can be frustrating to wait to use an app that we eventually realize we don't even like. The Google Play Store is working on an alternative to how we download and install applications.

Android Instant Apps was first revealed at Google I/O 2016. With Instant Apps, users could test programs without having to actually install them on their device. This is possible by breaking down the application into small parts for quick execution, allowing it load and download faster.

Instant Apps displays the UI screen for an app and as soon as it is closed by the user, it's removed. There is no need for the user to try and uninstall the program because it was never installed in the first place.

The current issue with Instant Apps is the feature hasn't been employed on a wide scale. In 2017, Google made the feature available to developers but adoption and implementation has been minimal. Users can now download certain applications with the "Try Now" button to see Instant Apps in action.

The apps currently showcasing this new feature are:

  • Hollar

  • Skysanner

  • NYTimes Crossword

  • Buzzfeed

  • Onefootball Live Soccer Scores

  • Red Bul TV

  • dotloop

  • ShareTheMeal

Although support is currently limited, it has the potential to be a game changer for all users. Whether an individual is looking for a specific app to fit their personal needs, network connectivity is inadequate, or one's device is limited in storage and they don't want to go through the hassle of deciding which apps to delete. However, wider support is likely necessary to spur the success of Google's latest offering.

If you're interested in trying out Instant Apps, head over to the Play Store and look for it on Google's new promotional page. Drop a comment below and let us know what you think.