Android Auto 12: How to Join Beta, Download Links, and Features!

Google’s Android Auto is helping bring navigation and entertainment to your vehicles. This time, Google is improving the Android Auto experience with several new features as well as fun things for you to use in your vehicle, from new video games to casting streaming apps and even messaging services. However, all of these cool features are currently in the testing phase. 

This means if you have the best version of Android Auto, version 12, you can only test these cool new features before it makes a global release. So, if you’re interested in testing out new features, here is our guide on joining the beta version of Android Auto 12.

Android Auto New Apps

Android Auto 12 – How to Install the Beta Version

As stated above, enjoying the new fun stuff is possible if you are a beta tester of the service. The same applies to Android Auto. So, let’s take a look at how you can install the beta version of Android Auto.

Method 1: Join The Beta via the Google Play Store

The first method is to join the Beta program for Android Auto via the Google Play Store. Assuming that you have the Android Auto app installed on your smartphone, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store on your Android smartphone.
  2. Tap on the search bar in the Play Store and type in Android Auto.
  3. Once you see the app from the search results, tap on it.
  4. Now, scroll down to the bottom where it says Join the Beta.
  5. Simply tap on Join. In a few moments, the Android Auto app will get an update. Install this update, and now you have the beta version of the Android Auto app installed on your Android smartphone.
  6. If it says that the beta program is full, you can follow the alternate method to get the beta version of Android Auto.

Alternate Method to Install Android Auto 12 Beta

If the Beta program for Android Auto via the Google Play Store is full, you can always sideload the beta version of the Android Auto 12 app to your smartphone. For this to happen, make sure that you have enabled the Install from Unknown Sources option. You can find it in the Settings menu. Different Android smartphones have it under different menus, so make sure to use the Search functionality within the Settings app.

  1. Launch your favorite web browser on your Android smartphone.
  2. Simply click on this link that will take you to the Android Auto APK page on APK Mirror.
  3. Tap on the latest available beta version of Android Auto.
  4. The download page for the beta version of Android Auto will now open.
  5. Choose the variant that you wish to download by tapping on it.
  6. The APK file will now begin downloading.
  7. Once the download has been completed, tap on the download complete notification to install the beta version of the Android Auto app.

This is how you can install or join the beta version of the Android Auto app on your smartphone. With this out of the way, let’s now take a look at what new things are expected to come to Android Auto this year.

What’s Coming to Android Auto This Year?

Here is a list of the cool things that will be coming soon to Android Auto. And yes, with the beta version of Android Auto, select cars will be able to test some features out while some might miss out.

Google Cast on Android Auto
  • New streaming services from MAX and Peacock
  • Stand along Angry Birds game
  • Uber Driver app for Uber Drivers to accept or reject rides.
  • The ability to cast streaming apps to your car via Google Cast (works when your car is parked)
  • Expect new mobile-designed apps to work on large screen head units
  • Video playback for head units with Android Auto
  • Playable games and Web browsing on the go are currently in beta for cars with Google Built-in. Coming soon to Android Auto.
  • Weather updates on the go and Messaging and VoIP services are currently in beta for Android Auto, coming soon to Google Built-in head units.

This concludes the guide on how you can install and join the beta program for Android Auto to get access to the new fun features that are either in testing or coming soon to all supported head units. As stated earlier, not all features will be supported for all head units.

Are the upcoming features something that you like? Or do you wish there were some more quality-of-life improvements for Android Auto? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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