What you need to know
- Google is launching a beta program for Android Auto.
- The program allows beta testers to try out upcoming features before they're released to everyone.
- Google recently rolled out on-screen games for Android Auto users.
Google is no stranger to beta testing apps, and the latest beta program gives Android Auto users the chance to try out new features before they're released publicly.
Google's new Android Auto beta program launches today, and AA users can sign up now to join. The company says that the program will help shape future Android Auto releases.
Anyone interested in the program can sign up on the opt-in page (opens in new tab) and select "Become a tester." Once you sign up, you can then head over to the Play Store on any of the best Android phones to update the app to the new beta version.
Google notes that you can't have two versions of Android Auto on your device, so the stable version will be replaced with the beta. It also comes with the usual disclaimer about features potentially not working properly, which is par for the course for any beta.
As with its other beta apps, Google asks that you don't publicize new features until they're released publicly. However, given the nature of the mobile tech community, it's unlikely that testers will stay quiet.
Google has been on a slow roll updating Android Auto with new features. Earlier this year, users were treated with wallpapers and Google Assistant routines. In a recent beta release, the company introduced GearSnacks, a series of on-screen games to keep users entertained while they were parked.
This new beta program is a healthy sign that Google is preparing to put more focus on improving the Android Auto experience, which is always a good thing.
What are some features you'd like to see arrive on Android Auto?
Eyes on the road
Android Auto is the perfect solution for users that want to stay connected while on the road. It features an easy-to-use interface that lets you respond to messages, make calls, and control music, all while keeping your eyes on the road.
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
Seeing a LOT of horrible reviews. I have a 2013 vehicle, so AA is essentially useless for me. And especially compared to how flawlessly Windows Phones w/Cortana worked with my car, nothing works worth a darn on Android.
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