Just like almost every other Google app on the Play Store, the Android Auto app has had a beta program. Until today, not everyone could join, as you would be prompted with a “this beta program is full” message if you tried to join. With Android 12 in the pipeline and coming as soon as late August, Google is expanding its beta program.
The obvious goal is to get the latest version of Android Auto into the hands of more users so that bugs can be squashed ahead of the final release. In order to join the program, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Go to the opt-in page to beta test Android Auto.
- Choose Become a tester.
- Go to the Google Play store and update your Android Auto app to the beta version.
It is a little bit odd that Google would want you to test-drive software that can help control your car in some instances. But if you like living on the wild-side, or are like us and just want to try all of the new features before anyone else can, you can now add Android Auto to the list. In the event that you want to leave the beta program, you can do that too just by opting out.
The last update for the Android Auto app was on July 9th, and included “improved DND functionality”, along with its Dark Mode UI being made independent from your phone. There doesn’t appear to be any major changes to Android Auto just yet, but it’s likely only a matter of time before something exciting arrives.
Let us know in the comments whether you would actually want to test out beta features in your car, or if you’ll be keeping things on the stable channel.