Sunday, January 31, 2016

Android Intent App Options Now Include Apps from Play Store That Are Not Installed On Device

I was using my android recently and noticed something quite surprising. I was opening an .XLSX file and the typical intent/app selection popover came up on screen. I had Google Sheets and Quickoffice apps as options as always (they are installed on my device), but I now also had an "Excel" option with the text "Free" to the right. At this point I'm not sure what goes into getting a "yet-to-be-installed" app to appear in the list of intent/app options, but this is a pretty big move for Android to take. What do you think?

Here is a screenshot for your enjoyment: