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. Users can find the invitation on a card within Google Now, which lets potential beta testers sign up for the program and download the first beta. Google made it easy for testers to leave the beta program at any time if they prefer to drop back to the stable release of Google Search. Google Search, which powers Google Now, is free to download from Play Store.
Android Users Can Now Beta Test Google Maps
Jun 3, 2016
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.
Google Testing Beta of 'Files Go' App for Managing Phone Storage
Nov 9, 2017
Google is testing a new application for Android phones that can help people better manage on-device storage. Files Go, according to Google, can be put to use to clean up space and keep files organized.
Google Search App for iPhone Gains a Home Screen Widget
Mar 28, 2017
Google today updated its main Search application for the iPhone and added a widget for the home screen. Technically, iOS doesn't support true home screen widgets other than those in the notification panel.
Samsung Rolls Out Nougat Test Program for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Nov 10, 2016
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.