The Beta Test Apps Can Now Be Used, Thanks To Google Play
Google Play Store has rolled out a new update which enables users to test the beta test apps more conveniently. With Google Play version 6.7, now you can beta test new apps without much difficulty, join and leave the test as and when you deem necessary and also leave useful feedback to the developers to tweak their designs. And you can do it all directly from the app.
Furthermore, now you can leave comments and feedback for the developers directly from within the app which nullifies the need to join a Google+ community. However, some apps may still require you to visit the G+ page but that is for the developer to decide. The good news is, Google Play’s latest update will improve the app listings test whether the app is a beta or a private version. You can join in for the beta test apps and enjoy their features before they are officially launched in the market.
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Google Play store is a delight for most Android users who frequently update their performance, designs and appearance to enhance user experience unlike iOS App store. Whenever you are connected to the WiFi, you will often find Google Play updating itself with new and more features. It is also a great pastime browsing different Android apps, downloading them and enjoying the multiple features that they offer.
This latest update of the beta test apps thus comes as a boon to those users who are crazy about newer and better apps. Now, they can easily test an app in their beta stage and leave feedback for the developer on their experience. In Google Play 6.7, you will find it much easier to install and test apps that have not yet been launched in the market.
What is beta testing?
In case you are not aware of the term, beta testing is the stage when a software is put into the hands of some users who test it from the user’s perspective to point out shortcomings, if any. The initial stage of software testing is termed Alpha testing which is carried out in the developers’ team. Beta testing is the next phase of software testing where the app is made available to a specified number of users to test it and recommend changes, if any.
User feedback is an important component to decide the success of an app and beta testing provides the developers with this opportunity. Also the users who are chosen for the purpose gets to install and use a software for a significant amount of time. Furthermore, they will be provided the newer versions of the software before everyone else. It is also called field testing as the software is tested in a real world environment.
How to beta test apps using Google Play?
You can directly join and leave beta testing for any app from Google Play Store version 6.7. It gives you the opportunity to beta test apps without much difficulty. The sign up process is simpler and you can also leave your useful feedback for developers from the app itself. However, if they want, you have to join a Google+ community to leave your feedback but it is totally up to the developers to decide whether or not to make it compulsory. As for the newly updated version of Google Play,
You will get a notification asking whether you wish to beta test apps that have not yet been released for the public.
All you have to do is tap on the “I’m in” button and you will be notified that the beta test apps will be unstable as they are still in the development stage.
Still, if you wish to join the process, tap on the “Join” tab and you will be notified that your sign up process is in progress. You will still have the option to leave if you want to.
If you do not leave, you will be directed to the app which you can download and install for use.
If you wish to uninstall the app, all you have to do is tap on the uninstall button and it will show a notification asking whether you really wish to discontinue the beta program.
Click “Leave” and you will be asked to give your valuable feedback on the app you have just downloaded, installed and used.
Yes, it is that easy.
What benefits will this update offer to the developers?
The latest update of Google Play Store version 6.7 enables the developers to beta test apps in a real world environment by real time users. The users who volunteer for the beta program are chosen randomly hence their feedback is really valuable for the future of the app. Furthermore, the feedback that they give will be visible only to the developers which will minimize any chance of negative publicity.
With new apps being developed everyday, Google Play Store’s update is just in time for developers as well as users to bind on a common platform and determine the success of an app. While the developers can use the feedback to mend its app and tweak designs, the users will get to try out newer versions of apps before they are released into the market. What do you think about this new beta test apps update of Google Play Store? Let us know in the comments section below or you can even write to us. Have a great, happy and thought inspiring day!