Google Kicks Off Live Tests of Android Instant Apps
Google today said has begun real-world testing of Android Instant Apps. Google first announced Instant Apps at its I/O developer conference in May 2016. Instant Apps can run within search results even if the app is not actually installed on the phone. Google is making a small number of Instant Apps available to Android users today starting with BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki. Google plans to collect feedback through this initial selection of apps and eventually expand test apps to more over time. Google further suggested developers ensure their Android apps can take advantage of Instant Apps functionality. Google expects the full Instant Apps SDK to reach developers in the coming months. The full launch of Instant Apps is planned for later this year.
Periscope Adds Search and Saving Tools
May 9, 2016
Periscope today detailed forthcoming changes that will make it easier to find and save video broadcasts. First, Periscope will improve search by making it possible to browse live broadcasts via categories as well as via keywords.
Periscope for iOS Lets You Draw On Your Live Video
Apr 29, 2016
Periscope users can now sketch on the screen during live broadcasts. Periscope added the feature in a recent update to the app, which it says "provides a new way to express yourself while broadcasting." The tool, which requires a long-press to access, lets users draw in red, green, or blue, or use a dropper to sample a color from the video.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
May 17, 2017
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
Google Drops Wear OS Developer Preview with Support for P
Mar 28, 2018
Google today released the first developer preview of Wear OS, the renamed platform for smartwatches and other wearables. Importantly, this developer preview brings with it support for Android P features.