Facebook Messenger for Android became the latest application to get the beta-testing treatment, as the social network announced in a post on its engineering blog that the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program is now live.
The Facebook for Android Beta Testers program launched last July, and users were able to preview and test several features that were later added to the social network’s flagship Android app and its Home Android overlay.
Facebook Mobile Infrastructure Team Engineer Luiz Scheidegger wrote in the blog post announcing Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers:
Beginning today, the Facebook Messenger for Android beta program will give people who opt in access to the latest versions of Messenger for Android before the general release. As with the main Facebook application, our goals with this program are to expand our pool of testers and gain feedback across a more diverse set of devices. Simply by using the app and reporting issues, beta-testers will be able to help us improve performance and the overall experience on a wide variety of Android devices at scale.
The beta program will provide us with an early warning system that will help make everyone’s experience with the app better once we push it more broadly. Also, since Messenger is all about private sharing and small groups communication, the beta program will give us another channel to understand what kinds of sharing tools resonate with people using Messenger.
Anyone can join the beta program. When you do, you will get a small batch of fixes and new features every month. We ask that you use your app as you normally would, but submit a report when you encounter a bug or other issue. Because the beta build will have features that are still in progress, the app may be less stable than you’re accustomed to. Feedback on stability, as well as any other performance issues you experience, is important to this program and deeply appreciated.
- Join the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers Google group.
- Allow beta downloads by clicking “Become a Tester” in the Google Play Store (you need to join the Google Group before becoming a tester).
- Download Facebook Messenger from the Play Store to update your app.
- Turn on automatic updates, as the beta version of Facebook Messenger for Android will be updated multiple times per week.
The Facebook for Android beta program has already helped us improve the quality and overall experience of the main Facebook app on Android. We’re excited to bring those improvements to Messenger, and to have people who use Messenger participate more in the process of building the best mobile-to-mobile messaging platform.
Android users: Will you participate in the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program?