Google Play Instant lets you try out games without downloading anything

Matt Sayer 20 March 2018 NEWS

Save your mobile data and get into the action faster with this neat new feature from Google.

As mobile phones have become more powerful, the apps and games made for them have increased in both scope and size. Downloads of many GBs aren't uncommon, and unless you have a home Wi-Fi network with a large data cap to connect to, this can take quite a toll on your monthly mobile bill.

Thanks to Google, this might not be the case for much longer. The company has today rolled out a new feature on the Google Play Store for Android devices which makes it quicker, easier and less expensive to try out games and apps.

Dubbed Google Play Instant, it allows you to start playing a game with a single tap, no download required. Once you've decided the game is worth the hit to your monthly cap, or you connect to a suitable Wi-Fi network, you can choose to install the full game to your device and continue playing even when you're offline.

Only a handful of games currently support Google Play Instant, with Clash Royale, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire and Words With Friends leading the pack. Google has promised more games will be added later this year, though it hasn't indicated how many or what titles will be available.

You can check out all the Google Play Instant games by heading over to the Google Play Store.

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