New Google Maps Android Features Can Be Yours (If You Can Handle Beta Bugs)

By Gerald Lynch on at

Ready to risk losing yourself down some dark dingy alley for the sake of becoming a Google Maps trailblazer? Then the latest Google Android beta testing program is just for you. Google is inviting Android users of its Google Maps navigation app to try out some of the new features of the service for those willing to put up with some inevitable bugs in the process.

All you have to do is hit this link, and follow the instructions. It's all pretty simple –so long as you're logged in to your Google account and have Google Maps installed on your phone, you'll get an invitation to download the beta version within a few hours. As for what precisely will be offered by the beta, Google's not being all that revealing at present, but expect some of the Google Assistant features seen at this year's I/O to make an appearance.

As a daily Google Maps user, I've taken the plunge to see what features are being rolled out in the beta program, and will report back with any notable findings. And, thankfully, if it ends up being too sketchy to use comfortably, there's an opt-out roll-back option for those that do sign up, too. Phew! [Google]