A New Google Maps Beta Update for Android and Android Auto Is Now Available

Google has just released a new beta build of Google Maps only a few days after the company updated the official stable channel of the app.
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The latest build increases the Google Maps version to 10.40.0 (beta), which means the search giant is now starting the testing of another important release for the app.

As all the other beta builds that the company releases as part of the Google Maps testing program, there’s no changelog, so figuring out what’s changed is something that comes down to testers themselves.

As to why these betas are so important, it’s because they give us the chance to try out new features in advance before Google brings them to everyone. The purpose of an early release is to give Google more time for further polish the experience with an app before updating the stable channel, all based on reports sent by users.

Of course, it’s too early to tell when exactly Google plans to push version 10.40 to the stable channel, but in the meantime, you can just install the beta build to try out the latest fixes on your own.

One thing you should know is that a beta build could come with some bugs under the hood, so in case something goes wrong, you should just report it to Google.

With a little luck, this beta build resolves some problems with Google Maps on Android Auto, as some have previously complained of broken navigation and other bugs that made the app more or less useless behind the wheel.

You can download Google Maps for Android and Android Auto using the dedicated beta installer here to try out the latest improvements on your own device. If you want to enter the beta program for Google Maps and receive updates every time they are released, you can register on this page.


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