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Jan 8, 2011
You are not required to hold a Google+ account to use Google Play Store Unreleased/Beta apps.

Try new Android apps before they’re officially released

To get user feedback, some developers make new apps or features available before they're officially released to the general public. You can try these apps or features by joining early access or beta programs.

  • Keep in mind that these apps may be less stable than the later versions officially released to the public.
  • The app might crash, or some features might not work properly when you use them.
  • If you use an early access or beta app, you won’t be able to leave public reviews on the Play Store for that app.

Early Access (Unreleased) apps
  • If you install an unreleased app, you may be automatically enrolled in the beta program when that app launches.

Beta versions
  • Beta apps are new, experimental versions of apps that are currently available on the Play Store.
  • The beta version may have features that are not available in the public version yet.

Space and availability
  • Some apps set a limit on the number of users in early access and beta programs.
  • If there’s no more space you’ll see a message saying it’s full.
  • More space may open later if current testers leave or if the developer allows more users to join.
  • If you leave an early access or beta program, your space will open up and someone else may take it.
  • You are not guaranteed to be able to get your space back later.

Leave program
  • If you want use the production version of an app you have to leave the beta program, uninstall the app, and reinstall the production version.
  • When you leave and uninstall a beta app, you may lose your progress and any customizations you have made to the app.

Find out more: Try new Android apps before they’re officially released - Google Play Help

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