Google’s automotive platform, Android Auto, receives updates like the rest of Android. The company now allows users to try out system beta updates, provided through the Android Auto app on the Play Store. The beta version should work on any Android Auto compatible car stereo.
Google is predictably using the Play Store beta system to distribute the new app. If you are new to this distribution method, just go to this activation link, click “Become a Tester” and the Android Auto app on your phone will automatically update to the beta version. When there is one, anyway: Google doesn’t promise that it will always run beta features, as autodevelopment is a bit more rudimentary than some other proprietary apps.
Indeed, it seems to be the case now: the Android Auto Beta list currently shows the same changelog as the standard July 9 release, starting with an improved Do Not Disturb feature. Since then, a few more variations have been released (which we tracked on APK Mirror), but no major changes have been made to users.
Although Google is announcing the beta of the Android Auto app today, it has been running since at least May, according to our downloads. It looks like the company wants a much larger user pool with which to test settings and features. So go ahead.
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