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(Credit: Android Developers Blog)

Google made several announcements at the Android Dev Summit this week in Mountain View, California, including the possibility of a new "foldable" screen. When folded, the device will look more like a traditional smartphone. When it opens up, it will be tablet-sized.

"As you unfold, the app seamlessly transfers to the bigger screen without missing a beat," Stephanie Cuthbertson, director of product management said in a blog post.

Another notable update is the launch of an In-app Updates API. The update will ensure that users are always working with the most up-to-date version of an app.

SEE: Android adds foldable phone support, teases Samsung device next year (CNET)

Historically, if an app on your phone was updating, you couldn't use it (or use it very well). The new API gives you the option to stay in your app as it updates.

Cutherbertson said users will have two options in the new update: a full-screen experience for critical updates, or a flexible update.

The flexible update option means you can keep using the app as it downloads an update.

"You can completely customize the update flow so it feels like part of your app," Cuthbertson said.

Cuthbertson also said the company is making it easier to use instant apps in the Play Store. Google Play Instant lets you try out an app or game without installing it.

"We recently made using web URLs optional, enabling you to take your existing play store deep link traffic and send users to your instant experience if it's available," Cuthbertson said.

Android also increased the instant app size limit to 10MB for the Try Now button in the Play Store.

With the Android 3.3 beta, developers can build an instant-enabled app bundle, meaning Instant and installed app experiences can launch from a single Android Studio project.

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Takeaways

  1. At the Android Dev Summit, Google announced the possibility to keep using an app while it updates.
  2. Android also made it easier to use Google Play Instant for developers and users.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.