If you are fond of trying new Google Play Store apps then you can now do it even when they are still in development period. Just to get feedback, some developers make new apps available to the general public before they’re officially launched. Through the new early access option, you can now download and test Android apps before they’re officially launched.
It’s a useful workaround for new app lovers as well for the developers as it will help them improve their final product.
Be aware: Trying your hands on a new app can be somewhat tricky as you may experience bugs, crashes, and inconsistency during the trial. Although this is the main purpose of the early access, you are booked to report issues and assist app developers in making better apps.
Here’s how to download and test Android apps before they’re officially launched
Open the Google Play Store on your smartphone (obviously Android) and check if the Apps and Games tab is selected. Now scroll the green category buttons to the left side until you can see the Early Access button.
Note: In case you are not able to find the Early Access button, not to worry! You may find an Early Access graphic, rotating all the way through the promo carousel. Simply tap on it to reach Early Access section.
Here you can check a list of various unreleased apps and games that are in beta stage. Now tap on any category to surf through the listings and read about any app or game. While installing any app, you will be warned with a notification saying, “This app is in development. It may be unstable.”
Now download and test Android apps of your choice, though there will be no option to review the app. However, you can send your feedback to the app developers about issues and bugs you come across using the app.
Along with providing access to unreleased apps, Google notes that the early access program offers limited space. It means only a limited number of users can download and test Android apps that are not released yet.
Google says if you take part in the early access program, it is quite possible that the app developer will leave your account in the beta program once the app officially released. In case you do not want to take part in that, you can, anytime, leave the beta program from the app’s Google Play Store listing.
Last but not the least! Here’s how to give your important feedback to app developers
- Open Google Play Store and search for the app you want to give feedback for
- Now tap the app in order to open the detail page
- Scroll down to find the “enter comments” section
- Here you can leave your feedback for the app developer
- Now tap Submit (don’t worry! Developer of the app will only be able to check the feedback, not other users.)
So why waiting, download and test Android apps especially when they are not officially released and give your valuable feedback to developers to make their apps better and useful.