Joining the Android Beta Program

I had difficulties finding out how to join the Android betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. program. make/mobile contains no mentions of beta testing other than links to the G+ community page in call for testing posts. I never use G+. After crossing the G+ log in threshold and the community join request threshold, I required several minutes of clicking around to find the beta testing instructions. Exasperated by the absurd experience, I copied the instructions to a new testing section of the handbook to move them out from behind the G+ sign in and make them somewhat  discoverable.

Here’s a step-by-step visual record for joining the Android app beta program starting from a link on a call for testing post on make/mobile.