Did you know that ... Android Play Store has a beta app section now?

In the last weeks, there has been introduced a new feature in Android’s play store app:

When selecting “My apps and games” in Play Store, you normally can choose to get listed INSTALLED apps or ALL apps,

now you have additionally BETA apps.

Read for example https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/7003180?p=beta_testing&rd=1&hl=en
about that new feature.

So when you have a detailed look at each app you have installed on your device, maybe it is enabled by the developers for beta testing mode.

As far as I was able to investigate, there are at least four apps related to OpenStreetMap where you can become beta tester:

Marble Maps (based on KDE Marble) … see http://nienhueser.de/blog/ for details,



geoMapTool … which seems to be quite new … I am interested in other user’s experience / feedback.

So are you able to see the option to join beta testing program?

Are there more OSM related apps with this beat feature?

What is the task when other app developers want to enable that feature for their apps if not done yet?

It is not really new, previously it was just more complicated to enroll in a beta program.

Vespucci 0.9.8 is available as beta too (not news either).

… so GeoMapTool is no more in Beta program,

but I even discovered more apps on Android:


MapFactor Navigator free

Note if you read the fine print you will notice that it doesn’t you allow to use individual accounts, which is clearly not allowed except for specific apps where an exception has been granted (these are AFAIK currently only the wheelmap editor and Kort).

In the last updates of GeoMapTool you can enter your very own OSM credentials,

so the information on http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GeoMapTool as it is in this moment is no more up-to-date.

But so far I was NOT able to edit existing OSM objects with this tool … anyone with a succesful step-by-step?