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When users have multiple devices, one of the devices can act as a host device where an app is downloaded. Upon pairing with a target device, the app is transferred to the target device from the host device. This enables a user to use their preferred device to search for and obtain apps, while also providing the apps on the user’s other devices. However, this protocol is impeded by the wait to establish connectivity between the devices and by the time needed for app transfer. This disclosure describes techniques that, with user permission, use predictive signals to generate a dictionary of apps for a user’s devices. After the user completes app installation on a host device and the device is paired with a target device, a simple, host-target key-match is used to identify apps in the dictionary that are to be installed on the target device. This approach can reduce installation time and provide an immediate and seamless user experience for app installation.

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