September 22, 2014

Facebook kicks off Facebook beta program for Android

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Facebook announced on Thursday that a new Beta Testers program has opened up for any and all Android users. If you’re the type of person who likes to get involved with shaping the direction of an app then this is as about as big as it gets. A blog post from Facebook tells us that the program will see monthly updates with new and upcoming features.

To help solve for this, in the last year we’ve moved to four-week release cycles so that we’re constantly fixing issues, adding new features, and shipping updated versions of the app.

To get started in the Facebook for Android Beta Testers Program:

  1. Join the Facebook for Android Beta Testers Google group
  2. Allow beta downloads by clicking Become a Tester in the Play Store (you need to join the Google Group before becoming a tester)
  3. Download Facebook from the Play Store to update your app
  4. Join the Facebook for Android Beta Testers group on Facebook to tell us what you think

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The beta program should help cut down on broken updates or app versions that don’t work well across all devices. You know, the whole “update to patch the last update” problem that Facebook has seen over the years.

Beginning today, the Android beta program will give users who opt-in access to the latest versions of Facebook for Android before the general release.  Just by using the app and reporting issues, beta testers will be able to help us improve performance on a wide variety of Android devices we may have  otherwise been unable to test at scale. This will give us the opportunity to eliminate our blindspots and identify a snapshot of the diversity of use cases to test our apps so when we push to our whole user base, everyone has a better experience.

Keep in mind that things are subject to get messy in a beta program and that you may run into issues. That’s where Facebook needs your help; report your experiences to them, good or bad.

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