Google has been operating for many years to reduce the scale of Android applications by improving what code and services are downloaded to smartphones. The most recent project on this front is Google Play's "App install optimization."

[Live Update] In the Play Store, Google is preparing crowdsourced ‘App install optimization‘


4/23 update: This functionality is starting to roll out just over a month after we first saw it. After installing the software, you'll see a prompt that says "Google is optimizing app installs with your assistance" when you open the Play Store.

To disable this default setting, go to the newly redesigned Settings page and choose "General." The option to disable or activate “app install optimization” is given. So far, we've only seen two people get this option while it hasn't appeared on our smartphones or accounts in the United States.

[Live Update] In the Play Store, Google is preparing crowdsourced ‘App install optimization‘


To disable this default setting, go to the newly redesigned Settings page and choose "General." The option to disable or activate “app install optimization” is given. So far, we've only seen two people get this option while it hasn't appeared on our smartphones or accounts in the United States.

Google will say which parts of an app you use the first time you open it after installation if you allow app install optimization. When more users do this, Google will be able to refine the software and make it easier to update, launch, and work for all.

Original 3/16: With the company's current Privacy Policy in place, this crowdsourced function would not gather your identity, email address, or any other piece of personal information. It also "doesn't look at something outside of the game, such as other applications or content on your computer," according to the developer.

It also doesn't monitor the content posted or downloaded inside the app, such as photos in a media feed or leaderboard rankings.

Your information is mixed with that of other users in order to “find themes and determine which aspects of the platform are most relevant to all users.” Google lists three advantages of android install optimization, but it doesn't say what the Play Store does for future app installs from new users after this data is gathered.

  • Reduce the time it takes to open and run applications from Google Play by speeding up the installation process.
  • Reduce the amount of time your device's CPU, memory, and storage are under stress.

Google may be prioritizing downloads on a feature-by-feature basis. For example, a social media platform that most users only use to browse posts does not have the ability to create content at first (i.e., photo filters, video editing, etc). The functionality can not be installed until the customer first uses it, or until their connectivity has changed.

Many that are uncomfortable with the feature should disable it in the Play Store settings, but they can still benefit from data collected from other users. While app install optimization is not yet available in the Play Store, it is included in the most recent patch (version 24.5.13), and a support manual is now available.

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