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Android 12 will let you play games before they finish downloading

You can start playing your favorite mobile games, before they have been downloaded. This is Play as you download.

During the Google for Games Developer Summit which began this Monday, July 12, the company has left us several important announcements aimed at video game developers for the different platforms of the big G, including, of course, Android.

One of the most important and striking is “Play As You Download”, a new function that Google play will provide developers, and with which it will allow users -with phones updated to Android 12- start playing seconds after the download has started of the title in question, while the rest of the resources are downloaded in the background.

Playing on an Android mobile.

You can start playing while the games are downloading

The concept devised by Google is not new: some of the main gaming platforms, such as PlayStation or Xbox, already allow start playing titles before the downloads are completed for a few years.

However, this measure can be of great importance in Google's mobile platform, since waiting times from the moment you start downloading a game and the point at which you can start playing can be one of the reasons why some users decide not to use their mobiles as the main gaming platform. Especially those who have devices with limited resources, or who do not have a high-speed Internet connection.

Android 12 will let you play games before they finish downloading

Google specifies that this feature will be available to all developers that publish apps and games on the Google app store. And they encourage developers to adopt this measure, claiming that a game weighing 400 MBs can take as little as 10 seconds to load, instead of several minutes as usual.

Play As You Download will only be available on phones updated to Android 12, given that the necessary advances in the File System they are built into the latest version of the system, and the company has no intention of bringing them back to earlier releases.

On the other hand, it is necessary to mention that just apps and games published on Google Play using the App Bundle format – mandatory for new apps from August – will be able to take advantage of this system.

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