Google has announced a feature that will speed up the time from initiating a download from the Google Play Store to launching the game by nearly two times across devices running the latest version of the operating system.
The name of the new feature, Play as you download, pretty much says what it is.
And players can start playing even before all the game files unrelated to the first few levels are downloaded in the background.
For particularly large games, this can be useful. This is because it means that you will not have to wait long to join the game and start playing.
And recent games are probably the biggest apps you download on average. And with this new feature, Google promises that it takes half the time to run a game of 400MB or so.
And if you’re a fan of platform games, the whole concept also sounds familiar, given that Sony does the same with PlayStation games.
The feature works with games that use the Play Asset Delivery system. And the developers won’t need to do anything to get the feature working.
It is reported that this is not the first attempt by Google to make games load faster. And with Google Play Instant, the company offers a related feature that allows players to instantly start a game from the Google Play Store.
However, the idea here is to eliminate the installation process and give potential players a chance to try out a new game right away.
And like Google Play Instant, the new play while downloading feature is powered by Google’s AAB format, which mostly replaces the old APK standard.
During the Game Developers Summit, Google also announced a new game dashboard for Android 12 that gives you easy access to relevant utilities while playing games, such as screen capture, recording, brightness adjustment, and more.
It’s possible that features in question will also include preventing screen rotation and the option to stream YouTube Live to enable Do Not Disturb mode.
Google says: This control panel will be available on select devices later this year.
The new Android version is supposed to get a bunch of other big changes, including a major new design.