RIM Redesigns BlackBerry Beta Zone
Research In Motion today announced that it has redesigned its BlackBerry Beta Zone based on the feedback from Beta Zone users. According to RIM, the Beta Zone has a brand new user interface that it believes is more engaging, intuitive, and interactive. Beta Zone has also been split in two, with consumer and enterprise apps clearly separated with their own Beta Zone URLs. The Beta Zone site now has a blog that accepts user feedback and comments. Last, the Beta Zone's mobile site has been improved with a revised layout and simplified download process. BlackBery Beta Zone is free to join, and lets BlackBerry users test beta software and provide feedback to RIM before final release.
Android Users Can Now Beta Test Google Maps
Google has rolled out a program that allows people to test beta versions of Google Maps. The betas will be published via the Google Play Store, similar to how Google distributes other a few other beta apps.
Verizon Debuts LG Optimus Zone 3 for Prepaid Plans
Verizon Wireless today revealed the LG Optimus Zone 3, an inexpensive Android handset for those who prefer prepaid services. This simple smartphone picks up where the 2014 Zone 2 left off.
Samsung Rolls Out Nougat Test Program for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung is allowing owners of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to experience an early look at its Nougat builds through the Galaxy Beta Program. The program is meant more for Samsung's benefit than that of end users, as it will use feedback generated by beta users to improve the experience and reliability for all users.
Google Opens Up Beta Testing for Search App
Google is inviting some Android users to join a new beta program for testing the Google Search app. Google did not call out any specific new features in the first beta release, but warned testers it may be unstable or buggy.