'Try Now' Button For Android Instant Apps Now Rolling Out

Google is presently in the process of rolling out a new "Try Now" button accompanying Android Instant Apps on the Google Play Store, the Alphabet-owned tech giant announced earlier this week as part of its wider reveal of new Play Console features. It's still unclear whether the functionality is being distributed as a client-side update, server switch, or a combination of both, nor did Google clarify on how long will it take for the button to be available on a worldwide level, save for suggesting that the wait shouldn't be too long.

Those interested in trying out the new feature can refer to the Google Play Store banner below which will refer them to the section of the digital marketplace containing all Android apps which currently support the button. The list of compatible products is relatively short for the time being and only contains half a dozen entries. One of them is ShareTheMeal – Help children, an Android app participating in Google's recently introduced initiative for fighting global hunger, whereas the popular collection of digital crosswords from The New York Times is also part of the pilot program. The remaining apps which you can instantly access by tapping the "Try Now" button are Skyscanner, BuzzFeed, Onefootball Live Soccer Scores, and Red Bull TV. The list is small but also relatively diverse and will presumably be expanded by a significant margin in the future. The new button for launching an Android Instant App version of the service whose listing you're viewing should appear to the left of the green "Install" button.

The feature still isn't out in all parts of the world but if you know someone in your vicinity who can access it and you can't, make sure that you have Android Instant Apps activated in your system Settings app. The service can be found under the Google section of the main Settings interface and is enabled via a single toggle. The Android Instant Apps platform has only been made widely available to developers this spring after being announced at Google I/O 2016 and may gain more momentum before celebrating its second anniversary next year, with Google possibly hoping that more developers will see the value in creating portable versions of their apps which can be used without a traditional installation.

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