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.
Sep 24, 2018
Google says it is making a "fundamental shift" in how it thinks about Google Search. The company hopes the changes will make searches more visual and, in the end, more helpful.
Nov 6, 2018
Google today rolled out several tools to help Americans vote in the 2018 mid-term elections. There are three components to the information being offered by Google: how to vote; who are the candidates and what are the issues; and what are the results.
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Google has updated its mobile search tool to include thumbnail images that accompany the results. The basic idea is to help people easily identify which results match their actual query.
Sep 24, 2018
Google today said it wants to help people resume incomplete or old searches. The company is taking a couple of steps to make this happen.
Oct 18, 2018
Google today updated its Play Store developer tools, giving app writers more latitude to build and test their apps. To start, the Android App Bundle should allow for downloads that are 8% smaller, and on-device packages that are 16% smaller.