Google announces a big new feature for its upcoming Android 12 update on Monday: you will be able to play games while downloading them. For particularly large games, this can be very useful, as it means you do not have to wait that long to jump into a game and start playing.
You can get an idea of how much faster you might be able to jump into a game in the GIF below, shared by Google. The difference, at least in this case, is quite noticeable, and Google says it already “sees that the games are ready to open at least twice as fast.”
This feature works with games that use the Play Asset Delivery system. If they do, developers do not have to do anything to turn on the feature, according to Google.
The news comes as part of Google for the Games Developer Summit 2021, which runs from July 12 to 13. At the event, Google also announced a new game dashboard for Android 12 that gives you easy access to tools such as screen capture and recording. The dashboard will be available on “select devices” later this year, Google said.
Android 12 is also set to bring a bunch of other major changes to Android, including a major new design.