Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016. Instant apps can run in the browser via search results even when not installed on users' phones. The idea is to improve the visibility of apps, allow people to test them, and encourage more app downloads. Only a few developers have had access to instant apps since last year. Now, any developer can create instant versions of the apps. Google said it will take most developers about four or five weeks to modify their apps to run in the instant format. It will be up to app creators to use this tool before instant apps begin to appear in search results.
Google Tweaks Dev Tools for Smaller App Downloads, Longer Trials
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.
Android O to Feature Picture-In-Picture and Improved Security
May 17, 2017
Google today provided more details about the next version of Android at its I/O developer conference. One of the biggest additions to the platform is picture-in-picture for mobile phones.
Google Takes Steps to Ensure Search Results Are Locally Relevant
Oct 27, 2017
Google today said it has updated the way it handles queries in Search and Maps when people travel. Moving forward, people will be served search results based on their actual location, not the domain they've indicated on the web (such as .com, .uk, .de, etc.) Google says people using Search in the U.S.
Google to Make Image and Video Results More Helpful
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.