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Android 12 will let you play games before they finish downloading

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Google today announced a new feature for Android game developers today. That will speed up the time from starting a download in the Google Play store to the game launching by almost 2x.

The name of the new feature, play as you download pretty much gives away what this is all about. Even before all the game’s assets have been downloaded, players will be able to get going.

With this new feature, Google promises that it’ll take only half the time to jump into a game that weighs in at 400MB. If you’re a console gamer, this whole concept will also feel familiar. Given that Sony pretty much does the same thing for PlayStation games.

Now, this isn’t Google’s first attempt at making games load faster. With Google Play Instant. The company already offers a related feature that allows gamers to immediately start a game from the Play Store.