If you don’t have a recent car and / or are too thrifty to replace your stereo with an older one, you can get most of the benefits of the Android Auto interface by running the Android Auto app on your phone. It’s a really cool way, since all you really need is some sort of car holder, which saves you $ 400 to $ 1400. Now there is a way to experience the latest and greatest features of the app: a beta program.
Google is predictably using the Play Store beta system to distribute the new app. If you don’t know this distribution method, go to this activation link, click “Become a tester” and the Android Auto app on your phone will be automatically updated to the beta version. When there is one, anyway: Google doesn’t promise it will always run beta features, as auto-development is a bit shorter than other proprietary apps.
In fact, it appears to be the case now – the Android Auto Beta listing currently shows the same change log as the standard July 9 release, starting with an improved Do Not Disturb feature. A few other variants have since been released (which we tracked on APK Mirror), but no huge changes for the user.
Although Google announces the beta version of the Android Auto app today, it has been running since at least May, according to our uploads. It seems the company wants a much larger pool of users to test changes and features with. So reach it.