The Google Play Store recently received overhauls as far as functionality is concerned. While there are reports of a new feature that advises you on which apps to uninstall from your phone in order to create storage space, the company has also taken a new direction with respect to beta versions of Play Store apps.
After opening up the Google Play Store beta testing program for its main Google app, the search engine giant has now followed up this move by allowing Google Maps users to do the same. This means that any willing Android user can visit the official Play Store, download and install a beta version of the Google Maps app and proceed with testing the app’s performance and new features.
All you need is to sign up to become a beta tester and nothing more. The first version of Google Maps to go through this open beta testing program is v9.27. This is an upgraded version of last week’s v9.26, with the only change being the ability to download and test it as a beta version right from the Google Play Store.
In the past, Google used to send invitations to day-to-day users to join the beta testing program for popular services and apps as well. However, this changed during the recently concluded Google I/O 2016 show, announcing that these beta versions will be coming to the Play Store directly. The Google Maps app makes it the second major app from the company to take this path, right after Google app took the same path a few months ago.
With the new initiative, you can now get a beta version of Google Maps by joining the testing program right from the listing of the app and if you don’t feel like going on, removing yourself from the same is also a no-brainer. Just like with the case of standard apps, you will receive new updates to the installed beta version via the same Play Store.