Facebook yesterday launched a beta testing program for its Android app, which allow users to test pre-release versions of the social network's app.
"Our goals with this program are to expand our pool of testers and gain feedback across a more diverse set of devices," Facebook said in a blog post. "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."
Anyone with an Android device, whether it's running Gingerbread or Jelly Bean , can join the program.
Facebook will then release "a small batch of fixes and new features every month." Just use the app as you normally would, but report any bugs you encounter to the Facebook team.
"Because the beta build will have features that are still in progress, the app may be less stable than you're accustomed to" Facebook said. "Feedback on stability, as well as any other performance issues you experience, is crucial and deeply appreciated."
The program is possible because Google launched a beta-testing and staged rollout program for Android apps at last month's I/O developer conference.
You can get in on the action immediately with the program's first beta. Here's how to join the programm:
- Join the Google group "Facebook for Android Beta Testers"
- Visit this link in the Play Store and click "Become a Tester"
- Download the Facebook Android app from the Play Store (which updates your app)
- Join the Facebook page "Facebook for Android Beta Testers" to submit bug reports or share experiences
For more information, check out the official announcement.