Facebook starts Android beta program

Facebook starts Android beta program
If you like to be on the bleeding edge of technology, Facebook wants your help. The company seems to be intent on getting as much user feedback as possible these days, maybe to avoid another bomb like Facebook Home (although we kind of liked Home, it certainly didn't go over well with users.) With that in mind, Facebook has started a beta program for its Android app.

The best part about the program is that it works through the official options in the Play Store. So, all you have to do is join the Facebook Android app Google Group, join the beta test program, and you'll get a new update of your Facebook app through the Play Store with special features just for you. No need to sideload an app. There is also a Facebook for Android Beta Testers group on Facebook where you can share your thoughts. 

In the app itself, you'll notice a new button in the overflow menu to report a bug in the app. Assuming Facebook takes this all seriously, maybe we'll see some big changes to the Android app soon enough. 

source: Facebook via pocketnow



1. carlos5593

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

How about they make a tablet optimized app for android tablets. At this point it is just ridiculous

3. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I'm 100% agree with you!! :D Facebook should optimize for 5", 6", 7", 8" 10" inch display and beyond..

4. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

And make the app look good in landscape.

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Zuck, that dead horse you're trying to beat is laid out on a ship that's already sailed. Ah, who knows... maybe Facebook is taking the right approach this time.

5. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

"If you like to be on the bleeding edge of technology, Facebook wants your help." I'm already on the bleeding edge. I'm on Google+. It looks awesome in both portrait and landscape orientation. FB needs to copy G+.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The problem is that everybody uses FB, but at the same time nobody wants FB to be the main part of their smartphone or user interface.

7. TBomb

Posts: 1397; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

True... but I'm definitely using FAcebook less and less every week - but that could just be me getting older. With companies looking through facebooks and other social networking sites nowadays, its hard for somone to use them for what they've turned into... a place to express your thoughts. Also with more and more advertizing, they start to get cluttered with stuff that no one wants to see. If Facebook Home came otu 4-5 years ago, I bet it would have had a different story.

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