Google Look To Bring Instant Gaming Gratification With Google Play Instant

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Titles include the ever-popular Clash Royale, Words With Friends 2, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire, Might Battles and - of course - Solitaire.

Google has started to roll out its visual search tool Google Lens to more mobile devices, expanding from its previous exclusivity to the company's Pixel smartphones, making the feature available to Google Photos users on Android before it arrives on the iOS version of the image management app. For games, though, the team chose to increase the maximum file size from 2 MB to 10 MB, which isn't really a surprise, given that a game needs a few more graphical assets than your regular to-do list app.

According to the company, Google Play Instant is in a closed beta that will open to a broader audience later this year. They have since expanded instant apps, but this is the first time they are bringing games into the fold.

Product managers with Google Play told TechCrunch that the Instant Apps feature they added a year ago enabled them to learn some things that are being put to good use through Google Play Instant. After trying out a title, it's easy to install the game by tapping the button. Amazon and Facebook Inc are also holding workshops for developers at the conference as they vie for increased advertising and licensing revenue.

Google is working on a new feature for its Android-based Google Play store that lets players instantly play select mobile games right from the storefront without bothering with a hefty download first. To do this, the team is adding a new "arcade" tab in the newly redesigned Google Play Games app to highlight the current crop of Instant games and launching an Instant Gameplay collection in the Google Play Store. It might take a little while for everyone to see the option, and you will want to ensure you have updated it to the latest version from google play. The app still serves as a home to jump into all your games, but Google's Benjamin Frenkel says that Play Games is more meant to "focus on curated content and have a stronger editorial voice".

Not all games can be played instantly without downloading them, but there are a few titles with this feature already available.

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