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Google launches Android Auto beta app in Play Store

Given the extent to which the services work, Google is a major user of incremental deployments to capture issues. It also runs beta testing for key apps, and Google is now officially running an Android Auto app.

Members of this beta program will have “early access to new features and updates to Android Auto before they are released to the public.” You’ll specifically see updates to the Android app on phones, with Google framing this as a way to “test how well new features work with your specific phone and vehicle in your part of the world.”

To send feedback, Google asks users to open the Android Auto app> Menu> Help and Feedback> Send Feedback. This workflow includes diagnostic information and other telemetry that will help Google diagnose problems.

Google warns that Android Auto Beta “may be less stable and some features may not work properly”

; and added the following:

We would like to have you in the beta test program to test features before they are available to the public. We do not ask you to publish or share the features you are testing until they are publicly available.

To sign up, visit this opt-in page while signed in to your Google Account and select “Become a tester.” Open the Play Store, and an Android Auto update will appear in a few minutes. You can leave the program from the same page. Another registration route is to browse the Google Play listing until you see the “Join the beta” section.

Android Auto joins other beta apps for the Google app, Maps, Waze, Messages, Phone, YouTube (currently full), Gboard, Chrome (via channels), Carrier Services, Android System Webview, Digital Wellbeing and Google Play services.

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