Google has long run the Android Auto beta program, but joining it was almost impossible before today. Those who tried to participate often received an error message stating that the program was maximal. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. Google is expanding the program, giving everyone who has an Android device and the will to tolerate bugs the opportunity to test the latest features of the platform before they become available to the public.
“As a beta tester, you can help us make a better version of Android Auto. You can test how many new features work with your particular phone and vehicle in your part of the world,” Google says of the initiative at support page. “Once you’ve shared your feedback, we’ll use it to plan improvements for future releases.”
You can join the program by visiting beta login page Google has set. Click the “Become an Examiner” button, then download the beta version of Android Auto from the Play Store. If you end up deciding that using unstable software is not all that is imagined, you can leave the program.
With Google inching closer until official publication Android 12, the company probably wants to avoid a repeat of last year’s release of Android 11. Although the operating system as a whole had problems, Android Auto suffered from some especially coarse bugs. There are numerous audio issues and applications that are missing. In some cases, the software was also known for “soft brick” devices like the Pixel 3 XL. So it’s no surprise that Google wants extra help testing the software.
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