Google is pushing out an easier way to enroll in beta programs on the Play store


At Google I/O 2016, the company announced a few changes to the Play Store, and more specifically, the developer console. One of these changes was the ability to view and enroll in various app betas, directly on your mobile devices, without needing to jump through the series of hoops that was in place previously.

Google is now rolling out the latest update to the Play Store which adds a “Beta” tab when accessing “My apps & games”. Although there is a new build of the Play Store — version number 6.7.12 — that doesn’t mean that you will be able to view all the beta programs you are enrolled within. That seems to be a server-side switch that Google has flipped, and is likely going out in a staged rollout.

Previously when enrolling in a beta program through the Play Store, you would be redirected to a specific URL with a big “BECOME A TESTER” button. Once you became a tester, you would have to wait for a period of time before the updated app would appear. Additionally, there was no way to check out and see which beta programs you were a part of, but Google is changing that with the latest update.

At the time of this post, I’ve polled a couple of the guys here at Phandroid and none of us have seen the new tab. We’ll just have to wait like the rest of ’em, and hope to see it sooner rather than later.

[via Android Police]


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