Back in August this year, Google announced that it will begin supporting more apps on its Android Auto platform, in turn allowing third-party navigation and parking apps to be made available in the in-car system. To that effect, the company opened up the Android for Cars App Library in beta form to more developers after testing it with early access partners, providing them the ability to leverage the resources to design and build apps for cars.
Today, the company announced that it will start allowing developers to publish Android Auto compatible apps to the Play Store for them to test the offerings with users through closed testing tracks. This will allow app developers to let more users and/or testers sign up for closed beta tests for gathering feedback on the usability and performance of their apps.
The addition of third-party offerings in Android Auto and Android Automotive OS – its standalone Android-based operating system that integrates with car hardware – opens up the platform to a host of apps such as parking apps and services that let users look for charging stations, greatly expanding the in-car solution’s usability.
The Mountain View giant adds that while developers can publish their apps to the Play Store for closed testing tracks, it is working to soon bring open beta testing of Android Auto apps to the Play Store.