Google's Instant Games lets you try Android titles before you buy


Google Play Instant will let you try out games before purchasing them.

Now Android users that see a game in the Play Store with a "TRY NOW" button can tap that and see a version of the game instantly load up on their device.

Google has soft launched a version of its Instant Apps service but for games. Some games that now support Play Instant include Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2, Bubble Witch 3 Saga and Panda Pop, as well as a few other titles from Playtika, Jam City, MZ, and Hothead.

"As games have gotten bigger, the time to install has increased, and gamers drop off", Jonathan Karmel, a Google Play Instant product manager, told PCMag. Inside the redesigned app, users will find a new tab called "Arcade", which allows them to watch trailers for video games or search for tags which describe the games they like to play, such as action games, or even search for new games.

To checkout the current crop of Google Play Instant games, hit this link. In a post on the Android Developers blog, the company said that the number of Android users who have installed games has more than doubled within the a year ago.

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Notably, in the Android P Developer Preview 1, Google is warning users when it spots an old app, and returning the message, "This app was built for an older version of Android and may not work properly". Meanwhile, Google is working with Unity to add IDE support to make building Instant Apps easier.

Not all games can be played instantly without downloading them, but there are a few titles with this feature already available. Until then, interested devs can apply for consideration or more information here.

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.

Discovering and trying Google Play Instant titles in the Play Store.

For now, there's only support for a limited number of games (Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2, Bubble Witch 3 Saga and a few others) as the feature is still in closed beta.