It’s not uncommon for apps and platforms to encourage their users to sign up for testing programs. These early releases allow developers to tackle bugs before they’re unleashed on the audience at large, and it gives technosavvy users an opportunity to experience new features and updates ahead of the curve. Now we’re learning that Google’s popular Chromecast platform is getting a preview program.
Google is essentially making this early release as openly available as possible. All you have to do is download the preview firmware for your device. Users on this program will be able to submit feedback to Google directly, giving them direct input on the product’s development.
To get started, all you have to do is have the Google Cast app installed on your smartphone or tablet. Go to settings, then navigate to Notifications and turn on “Preview email.” Once you receive your first email upon enrolling, you’ll also get a link to the preview program. Turn on that setting, and you’re good to go.
Google is insisting that this is not a beta program. The preview program aims to be more stable and definitive than what you would normally expect from officially released software, Google is just giving early adopters the chance to hunt down any obscure bugs directly before release. In their words, “You’re simply getting earlier access to new features before they’re released broadly.”
Google says that both generations of Chromecast as well as Chromecast Audio are eligible for the Preview program. If you’re interested, open up the Google Cast app and get started today!
What do you think of the Google Cast preview program? Will you be signing up? Let us know in the comments below!