At Google I/O, it was announced there would be some changes coming to the Play Store that would help users find new and upcoming apps. “Early Access” is one of these changes and gives users the ability to check out any apps that are in the works and coming to the Play Store in full capacity.
The feature had yet to be rolled out to everyone, but users began noticing an option within the Play Store that opened up the “Early Access” section. From here, you can browse through “Unreleased Apps” and “Games in Development” and test those apps or games out.
Before installing, you will see a prompt on the apps page that says that the app is still in development. This is just a reminder that there may be bugs with these apps since they are not fully completed just yet. These apps will be picked by the Editor’s for the Play Store and will be changing fairly frequently.
Additionally, users have been waiting for the ever-elusive Beta tab to appear within the Play Store. This gives users more control over which beta programs they are a part of, and a brief overview of what betas are installed.
This feature began appearing for users earlier this month, but had yet to roll out to everyone. Now it seems Google has flipped the switch for just about everyone, as the tab has started appearing for more and more users.
These changes are server-side, so it may take a bit of time before they appear on your devices. Just continue to be patient and you’ll get all the fun new stuff in the Play Store sooner rather than later.