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Understand Instant App in Android

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Introduction  Instant apps is a new feature from Google on Android Platform. Native Android apps, without the installation. Access From Anywhere. Works on the Latest Android Devices. Slim down your application Support deep linking and App links.

Google recently released Instant Apps to developers as part of an effort to help kickoff the next big enhancement to the native app experience in Android. Instant Apps aim to help bring users into the best native app experience as quickly as possible by downloading only parts of an application when they need them. This makes it fast and easy to engage users with great mobile app experiences, even though they do not have the application installed on their devices.


Access From Anywhere: Instant Apps are triggered by URL intents, meaning that they can be started from anywhere including, search results, social media shares, messages, beacons, NFC and other applications or even other Instant Apps — without needing to install your app first. URLs mapped …

Short explanation on Gradle, minSdkVersion, maxSdkVersion, compileSdkVersion and targetSdkVersion in Android

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Gradle:The Android build system compiles app resources and source code, and packages them into APKs that you can test, deploy, sign, and distribute. Android Studio uses Gradle.
The Android plugin for Gradle works with the build toolkit to provide processes and configurable settings that are specific to building and testing Android applications.Gradle and the Android plugin run independent of Android Studio. Gradle architecture is shown below.




Example: android { compileSdkVersion 27 buildToolsVersion “26.0.2” defaultConfig { applicationId “com.example.checkyourtargetsdk" minSdkVersion 15 targetSdkVersion 27 versionCode 1 versionName “1.0” } }
minSdkVersion:minSdkVersion is the lower bound for your app. The minSdkVersion is one of the signals the Google Play Store uses to determine which of a user’s devices an app can be installed on.
 your app’s minSdkVersion must be at least as high as your dependencies’ minSdkVersion
When deciding on a minSdkVersion, you s…