Google has announced that Android 12 is supporting play-as-you-download functionality for newer games. Announced in Google Game Developers Summit, this allows players to start playing faster than ever, and allows the game to be started after downloading only the essentials to run.
Play as you download is not entirely new to Android. However, this new Android 12 firmware will set the system as the default for new titles on Google Play.
The way the process works is that the system breaks down the game’s biggest asset. The categories of the split will relate to what is needed immediately to run the game and what can be simply downloaded later. The remaining pieces will be added to the background without hindering playtime.
During the digital conference, Google stated, “We see 400 megabyte games available in 10 seconds instead of minutes.” It also claims that this will result in a significantly upgraded user experience.
The company adds that players won’t have to change their game if they opt into the play-as-you-download feature, avoiding concerns about losing progress. “If you use the Android app bundle format, just upload your game and we’ll do the rest on Android 12,” Google said.
While developers currently have to enter the beta for this option, in the future, Google will default to this system for games, and it will become mandatory in August.
For those wondering when their phones will get Android 12, Google has shared a roadmap with a beta date, confirming that the final release will arrive sometime after August.