Google is inviting testers for Beta Google Maps app.
If you are an Android user, you can sign up as a beta tester. You can explore what’s in store in the next version of Google’s mapping app. Google has added an option to opt out, just in case you change your mind later. To opt out, uninstall the beta version of Google Map app and install the stable public version from play store.
Currently, the beta version is 9.27. That does sound like a big upgrade considering that the last stable build for Google Maps is 9.26.1. If you think you can help Google to make the app better, you can sign for the beta program using this link. Those who want to try v9.27 without signing up for the beta can sideload the Google-signed apk via APK Mirror.
Earlier, Google’s beta programs were limited to closed Google Groups. Google announced at Google I/O 2016 that it would make it easier for users to sign up and manage beta programs right from the mobile Play Store client.
Beta releases will receive frequent updates, just like regular apps. They will also show up in search results.
This invitation is part of Google strategy. Google is getting ready to launch a new section in the Play Store called “Google Play Early Access”. This new section will act as a specially curated showcase for all best open betas that Google Play users can take part in.