Public beta program for Google Messages kicked off with a build that made the app crash

Public beta program for Google Messages kicked off with a build that made the app crash
Android Police reports that earlier this week, Google allowed Android users to sign up to be a beta tester for its Messages app. Many of Google's core Android apps offer this. To sign up to be a beta tester for apps like Gboard, Phone, Google Search, Google Maps, and now Messages, you need to have these installed on your Android phone. Once that has been accomplished, open the Google Play Store, swipe to the right to open the menu (or tap the hamburger icon at the left of the search bar) and tap on My apps & games. Click on the Installed tab and click on the name of each Google app to see the listing page for each one. Scroll down and right under the Developer contact information, you will see an invitation to become a beta tester.

Being a beta tester means that you receive new features before the rest of the public does. You can also provide Google with valuable feedback about the latest beta update. On the other hand, these builds can be unstable. If you want to stop receiving beta builds and return to stable updates, all you need to do is navigate back to the spot where you signed up to beta test the app and tap on Leave.

Those who signed up to be a beta tester for Messages at first found to their dismay that the first beta build was causing the app to crash. But a fix has rolled out and if you are an Android user, you can now sign up to receive beta updates for the Messages app without worrying about it crashing (for the latest beta build anyway). Those in the program have received version 4.7.052 beta of the app.


Other Android apps like Instagram, Netflix and WhatsApp also allow you to become a beta tester using the same method as described above.

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36 Comments

1. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Haha and i thought it was my substratum engine with some buggy theme

2. bigstrudel

Posts: 585; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Google is a mess.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. They need to work on their QC.

17. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well it is a b-e-t-a test. It's sort of like a pure view that's apparently still in beta based on the Amazon feedback.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, totally agree. Googles Pixels have been one big ongoing b-e-t-a test as well, based on the plethora of issues that they keep facing,

30. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I know that my Pixel 3A XL has been issue free. Some people just want to exaggerate and pick a fight because of their insecurities.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’d hilarious how people feel that their anecdotal evidence is gospel for what happens with all Pixels. They are just trying to pick a fight because of their own insecurities.

3. iloveapps

Posts: 725; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android is a mess I don’t know why geek guys can stand with that.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Because we don't need major OS updates to get simple system app updates. And let's not talk about buggy beta software. Apple is king there.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Google is mess, no question. One needs only look at its Pixel line to see that. But Android on a whole? No. Sorry, iOS with Apple pushing updates to fix one thing just to break another...now THAT is a mess.

7. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 587; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

At least in Androids case the app doesn't crash the device.

11. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Exactly. I don't have to worry about a string of text crashing my device. Google isn't a mess at all. I'm not going to be a mean jerk and throw shade on other OEMs.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. Android on a whole is better, but Google is a hot mess that needs to really work on its QC. I’m not going to be a venom-filled jerk and get upset about that.

16. James321

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 05, 2019

Well... it's better than Apple

27. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. At least it wasn't delayed multiple times for improvement yet still ended up releasing with multiple issues in tow and a broken gimmick.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. But it feels like it was a rushed rerelease, as all Pixels do, since they all launch with multiple issues out of the gate and have updates that fix one thing just to break another.

19. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. At least it's not a broken charger port or a slow as molasses camera software.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, I agree. At least it’s not the phone shutting off randomly or Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity issues, or the camera crashing.

28. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. It's not a device that's getting ripped apart on Amazon and multiple forums and blogs because it has so many issues.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. At least other Android aren’t getting ripped apart by user reviews everywhere and by bloggers dues to their plethora of bugs and issues that happen from one generation to the next.

18. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Some alpha of geek guys think some things are a mess when you only need to look on Amazon and see what's really the mess.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Some 5th dimensional imo guys think some things are mess when you really only need to do a cursory Google search to see what’s really a mess.

24. troutsy

Posts: 381; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Lol, what... are you two dating or something?

25. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't wear a condom many years ago and it's come back to haunt me.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m really his Father. Hey, we all make mistakes, and he’s mine.

29. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

A mess is trying to take pictures on something dedicated to photography yet failing to get a good shot because the camera is slower than a tortoise.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

A mess is thinking that the update I just got fixed one thing on my Android phone made by the owners of the OS, just to find out that said update broke two other things in the process.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wow....smh.

8. dnomadic

Posts: 391; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

B.E.T.A I Have not had any issues on my pixel...but it is BETA so you have to accept some risks.

12. Venom

Posts: 3274; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Same here. Wow some people just can't seem to comprehend that. Smh.

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