Google runs a beta program on the Play Store for many of its own applications as well as others. This grants access to test versions of supported apps before they release to the public. Starting this week, a new app entered Google’s beta program and is now available to beta test. It’s not the most exciting app, nor does it receive the most significant upgrades, but the Google Phone app is now compatible.
Google’s Phone app, the one you use for calls on stock Android or near-stock Android devices, has joined Google’s Play Store beta program. As with any beta app, there will be bugs and may be issues with the software if Google is testing something new. In other words, if you rely on your device for making and answering calls, which is probably the case for most of you, it’s recommended that you don’t enroll. You can, however, at any point “unenroll,” though I’m not sure what the precautions are for doing so.
If you’re still interested in testing out phone updates before they release, sign up at the download link in brackets below. The other way to enroll is to install the app on your mobile phone, which is available for most new Android devices, locate the listing of the app and scroll to the bottom where you can join the program. It takes a few minutes to join the list, so be patient and let it do its thing for a minute or two. You’ll then get a notice and be good to go.
Within minutes of joining the program, I received an update on my Pixel 2 XL. I haven’t noticed anything new as of yet, but I’ll keep you posted if I do. This is likely just the testing version of the app with no changes as of yet. Waiting for some updates now, Google.
VIA [Android Police]