Google now makes it a snap for Android users to test beta versions of Google Maps

Google now makes it a snap for Android users to test beta versions of Google Maps
Want to become a Google Maps beta tester with access to unreleased versions of the app? Want to check out all of the new goodies before all of your other Android toting pals? Google has made the process so simple that any Android user can do it. Simply click on the sourcelink and you'll see a message from Google that discusses the beta program. Click on the button to become a tester, and you will see another message from Google that reads, "You are now a tester."

If you already have Google Maps installed, once you agree to beta test Maps, you will shortly receive an update that brings you the testing version of the app (version 9.27). If you don't already have Google Maps installed, download and install the app from the Google Play Store. Within hours you will receive the testing version of the app. Keep in mind that if you agree to beta test Google Maps, you will be replacing the public version of the app with one that could have some bugs. Anytime you want to exit the program, you are free to do so. If you do leave, the regular public version of Google Maps will return to your phone.

Previously, beta testers for an app like Google Maps were invited to join a special group managed by Google. This new initiative makes it easier for Android users to take part in the beta testing process of Google's apps. Maps happens to be first.

source: Google via TheVerge




Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Google Maps sucks too many bugs, it just can't compete with Here Maps.......and we don't even talk about iOS maps!

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL....Troll less... I've been using G Maps extensively ever since they released the offline Maps and I found it almost flawless. Here Maps only had one advantage ie their offline maps. With Google offering that as well I don't see any benefits Here has. The traffic is more accurate on G Maps (as its pulled from Waze which has the biggest community) you can also add an additional stop such as fuel station on your journey. With the new Driving Mode shortcut I just tap once and it navigates me to my home without even telling it. Even Waze is better then Here IMO.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Clearly you have never used Here! The voice navigation on Google maps is crap, it sounds like a robot. And it sounds like it needs to poop because the sound is fast forwarded, and yes all my friends with Android phones have this issue. Here offers real time traffic! In Here you can add all kinds of stops, parking spot, gas station, hospital etc etc. Also you can make i said you have clearly never used Here otherwise you would know about these options and more!

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I don't care how the voice navigation sounds like. As long as I can hear what's it saying clearly and loudly, its good enough for me. I have no interest in making love to voice navigation so I don't care how robotic it sounds. I never said Here doesn't offer real time traffic. Learn to read. I merely said G Maps is way more accurate then Here's, because the traffic is reported by much higher number of users. Lastly, you can only add shortcuts to your 'Home' not all other places. Go do you homework before raging....'too many bugs on Google Maps'....LOL


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Oh well Fanboys.......

6. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

and you can change the voice, some are robotic some very clear intonation and tone

7. DFranch

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I agree, Google Maps is the best. I tried Here Maps & It's a good app, but the traffic is really limited to main roads (highways). It would frequently tell me to take a side road because of a backup on the highway which turned out to be worse than the traffic jam I was trying to avoid. The traffic on Google maps is far better. So much so, that when I recently bought a new car, It had to have Android Auto. BTW, the voice is more natural than any other GPS I've ever owned. Google recently updated the voice, and it's better than ever.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Can you get offline maps for an entire nation in G Maps? Not gonna be stopping in the middle of my journey to get offline maps for the current province/city... Can you get camera/speed-limit alerts in G maps? Besides that, I think Google maps has better information on locations, mostly due to the added photos and street view, and it's also a much better experience for using public transit.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yes and Yes ! I got pretty much of the whole England on my phone (Hint: Do it in chunks). Also, Its not often you need the whole Map of a country always on phone. Infact, in this regards G Maps is better as it lets you select only a particular city or even an area if you aren't travelling else much and wanna save some storage. Can't do that with Here, you either download whole country or nothing. You can get speedometer from Velociraptor. It runs on top of G Maps.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hahaha, you clearly haven't used Here Maps and are just speaking out of your ass now. Here Maps offers simple download of entire continents, countries or provinces, all in 3 or less taps from the offline maps screen. Plus if you've already downloaded an entire continent or country, you can easily delete sub parts (countries or provinces) you know you'll never use. Google maps on the other hand, won't dare to let you simply have all the navigation data you need for an entire country offline. You can only save a tiny chunk of land area (346.41km x 346 41km = 120,000km^2, or 1/83 of the size of Canada, 9.985 million km^2) for offline use at a time, and you can't save more than 9 areas at a time. With all that chunk cutting (3 or more taps for selecting and naming it, then waiting for it to start download, repeat 83 times for Canada), you'll be wasting time trying to ensure you don't miss any portion of land area or overlap the areas. To make things worse, after going through all that headache and time wasting to get a limited set of land areas for offline use, you'll then have to be worrying about them getting expired...thanks but no thanks. BTW, that speedometer is using HERE Maps data, and doesn't offer camera alerts, only speed alerts.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

BTW you guys know that Here Maps is limited on Android, it does not have all the options/features like on Nokia/MS phones!

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