Sign up for a chance to provide input for Google’s latest products


Are you one of those people who take product research surveys and potentially test cool things out before the general public can? What if I told you Google was looking for someone like you, and that signing up for a chance to be in the research process for one of these products took just a few minutes. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, read on!


Here’s the skinny: Google’s looking for people — regular people, like you and me — to be surveyed from time to time on various developments. It could be some new app, a new design for one of their websites, and even a prototype of a new device to test out in the flesh. The goal is to get opinions from common consumers to help shape a better product for the future (your typical study group-esque setup, if you’re familiar with that sort of thing).

You’ll be able to provide input and give the team feedback to help aide them in development of these various things, and you’ll be able to do it no matter where you are. From Google’s FAQ:

  • Usability study at a Google office: for those that live local to one of our offices. Typically, you’ll come visit us and meet 1-on-1 with a Google researcher. They’ll ask you some questions, have you use a product, and then gather your feedback on it. The product could be something you’re rather familiar with or some never-before-seen prototype.
  • Remote usability study: Rather than have you visit our offices, a Google researcher will harness the power of the Internet to conduct the study. Basically, they’ll call you on the phone and set up a screen sharing session with you on your own computer. You can be almost anywhere in the world, but need to have a high-speed Internet connection.
  • Field study: Google researchers hit the road and come visit you. We won’t just show up at your door though – we’ll always check in with you first, talk to you about the details of the study and make a proper appointment.

That all sounds great, but you should know that signing up to be in on a process like this doesn’t guarantee Google will ever contact you. Still, it’s worth a shot if you’re the type of person who likes to give input on product development before the general public. Be sure to take care of that over at Google’s website if you’re interested.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. i will try my best to run out with the product and leak it here at phandroid.

    1. Too late, the NSA saw your comment and alerted Google… now you’ve been blacklisted.

      1. damn you NSA, Thanks Obama!!!!

      2. talking about “black”listed… nvm..

  2. I submitted my survey. Glad there wasn’t an essay question :-)

    1. OMG…longest survey ever!

  3. I wouldn’t know would I Google?!! Cause I don’t have the Nexus 5!! Thanks Obama!!

    1. Huh? You don’t have the N5 because of Obama? How’s that again?

      1. It’s a common expression in the internet community where one blames President Obama for something he has no control over or say in. If you don’t know who to blame, blame Obama just like everyone else does that has no idea what they are talking about. It actually means nothing at all. I just like saying it.

        1. Ahhh, thanks for that, I wasn’t sure where you were coming from and only wanted to understand just in case I wasn’t aware of something so I could be mad too…lol.

          1. Its one of those…” Damn it!! I said no Pickles!!!! Thanks Obama!!!”

      2. I think he refers to the FCC shutdown/very limited availability.

        Not really Obama is to blame, but I think it’s best if we keep politics off the table…

        1. No that’s not it lol

    2. You didn’t get your Obamaphone?

  4. It’s funny, I did this a couple months ago for my wife and me, and just thought everyone knew about it.

  5. Google trying to fool everyone, this was just a survey….lmao

    1. They did a similar survey when you applied to get a cr-48 chromebook in the pilot program. Thought nothing would come of it, 2 months later a package arrived with no warning, with a beautiful cr-48 inside. The questions make sense if you are trying to have testers available at a moments notice. If you used buzz, you might have a different opinion of g+ then someone who didn’t. If you are android user you’ll be more accustomed to holo elements, then an iphone user. They need testers with different levels of familiarity.

  6. Compensation???

    1. none for filling out the initial form, but they say there’s a small token of appreciation when you take part in a study.
      their examples are a coupon, or a small donation to a charity of your choice.

  7. Is it accurate to have Reader on this list? Even if it’s not it made me :’-(

    1. Same thing later when they ask if in the last month if I’ve used Google Latitude

      1. Although I’m not sure, it might be possible if you had an old un-updated device, that you could’ve attempted to use it. Most likely its just an old form and/or to catch if you are just saying yes I use everything google, please give me free stuff.

    2. This must be an old program. I also saw Buzz, Google Health, and others that no longer exist.

      1. Maybe they are seeing how long you have been with them and if you have tried out some of their older less interesting products.

        1. Unfortunately not, because it was asking which you’ve used in the last three months.

          1. Making sure you’re paying attention most likely.

  8. crossing my fingers for that google car. Come on, google car!

  9. totally doing this, last time I did something like this google sent me a cr-48.

  10. I’m half kidding, but mostly serious, when I say… why do I need to fill out this survey? Google really has the answers to almost all of these questions about me. Do we really need to pretend like they don’t? Come on Google, just fill it out for me and leave one button for me to click “OK”.

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