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Google is releasing its long awaited ‘Play as you download’ feature for Android 12 devices, here’s everything you need to learn about it

Google announced the ability to play while you download, in July 2021. This would allow users to play the game or use the application while it downloads in the background from the play store. After such a long haul, Google has finally announced that the ‘Play as you download’ feature will be released for Android 12 devices soon.

This is close to the feature that was available for years on gaming platforms; Xbox, PlayStation, and many others. Application designers need to support the games and application, which will include files essential to open the app. Once that, users will be able to open/play the app while it’s still downloading in the background.


The company disclosed that the feature uses an incremental file system, which is a Linux virtual file system that allows programs to perform while its data is being downloaded in the background. The specialized system will be available for Android 12, fulfilling the requirements needed by the most awaited feature.

The company has stated that the feature will be available for Android 12 devices shortly, however, there’s no specific date given by the company. Now even if the company releases the feature, it might be available for only a few applications at the start. It’s even possible that some applications might not show support for the new feature, especially considering if the app is already small and can be downloaded within a few seconds with a stable internet; which is one of the major reasons why the feature will be mostly available for gaming applications, not any other type of applications.

In recent times, Google has been carrying out testing to enhance the experiences of its users; introducing features such as a dashboard for games and the emulators for games that were primarily only available on desktops.



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