Join the beta programs for Google Play Services and Gboard to get early access to new features

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Beta software provides a great way to get a glimpse into the future and try out new features and options in apps before they reach the masses. Google has just opened up a couple of new beta programs for the Android version of its Gboard keyboard, as well as Google Play Services.

Signing up for either of these will give you access to the most bleeding edge features — but it also means living life on the edge slightly as there is the potential for stability problems. The Google Play Services beta is quite a big one, as this is a core component of Android and used to roll out all manner of new options.

Most recently, an update to Google Play Services was used to push out Google Assistant to more devices, and this gives you an idea of the scale of changes that can be introduced through beta updates.

Click through to sign up for the Google Play Services beta.

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There is a very similar deal in place for Gboard — just visit the signup page and you’ll be provided with an update to the latest beta version of the app via Google Play.

Click through to join the Gboard beta.

Should you ever change your mind and decide that you would like to leave either of the beta programs, you just need to revisit the signup page and you’ll be guided through the process.

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