Facebook Introduces an Alpha Testing Program for Android Users | FinestAndroid.com

Facebook Introduces an Alpha Testing Program for Android UsersFacebook has announced an alpha tester program for mobile phone users testing its Android app. While public beta testing is the norm, alpha testing as a concept is largely popular in open source software development. It’s common treat nowadays to harness the power of the masses to help test and polish a product, especially an app that gets used by thousands of people worldwide.

For a very long time, the Facebook app on Android was atrocious, and it’s still not great. Facebook introduced its beta testing program just last June and, harmonizing its report today, the amount of response Facebook received is rather dumbfounding. According Christian Legnitto, mobile release engineering leader, states “over 1,000 direct pieces of feedback that covers feature requests and bug reports from over 260,000 using devices from over 50 manufacturers, running different version of Android from Gingerbread to Jelly Bean, in different network conditions. “

The alpha program will be run in a very similar way to the beta program. If you want to join alpha program; you’ll have to sign up for the Play Store testing program and the app will update as new builds are released. According to Facebook, the alpha version of the app will be getting multiple new builds each week, and not all of them will work correctly. Features will come and go, and there will be more than a few crashes and bugs.

Those already in the beta simply need to join the alpha testing Google group to upgrade their status, but everyone else has to go through both steps. The full instructions and words of warning were posted on the Facebook official site. Below is a simple 5-step procedure.

Follow the instructions below to become an alpha tester for Facebook:

1) Join the Facebook for Android Alpha Testers Google group 

2) Allow alpha 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) Turn on automatic updates–we’ll be updating alpha multiple times per week

5) Report problems and give us feedback by using the “Report a Problem” menu item.

Facebook Introduces an Alpha Testing Program for Android Users

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