The Android users can now become the testers of future versions of the Facebook app that the company will develop for the mobile operating system from Google. During a meeting with reporters, Facebook announced a Beta program for Android. The program will allow users to have access to the latest versions of the application along with the ability to give feedback or report any bug. The goal is to knock into the huge market share of Android to get more data to be analyzed in order to improve the user experience across the range of devices.

So far, the preliminary in-house test are being carried out by developers and manufacturers of chips and devices including Qualcomm, HTC, Ericsson, Sony, Huawei and MediaTek. The number and variety of Android smartphones and tablets is so high that it is practically impossible to carry out thorough checks of the app. Facebook wants to provide the best experience on all devices, regardless of the amount of RAM, the network condition or the version of Android.

Users who will participate in the program will receive the latest release of Facebook for Android, prior to public availability. Beta testers will be able to use the app and report bugs if found. Users will also have an option to install the beta of Facebook 3.4 or beta of Facebook Home.

How to become a beta tester?

  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. Happy testing.

Facebook also suggests testers to participate in the discussions posted on the Facebook for Android Tester group on the social network.