Guinea pigs needed! Test new features in the beta versions of these popular and useful Android apps

Do you like to test apps before they are finished?

We know that's a weird question. We definitely do, not only because these allow you to experience numerous experimental features that the regular populace has no access to, but also because it just feels good to be living on the technological edge. 

And then there's that pleasant feeling of heading into uncharted territory -- like a test pilot, if you will!

Indeed, there's a large amount of popular and useful apps that have beta versions and allow Android users to test them. Sadly, it's a bit hard to keep track of all the changes that developers push to beta apps, as these often get updated several times a day with various features being thrown in or ditched. Your best bet on being up to date with the changes is by following the dedicated user communities dedicated to the beta version of the app in question.

With that being said, we decided that it will be only fitting if we showed you some popular apps that have beta versions. Oh, and we've also thrown in a couple of intriguing ones that might not be that well-known, but still deserve a shout out. Finally, have in mind that you might experience a bug or two (or even three) whilst using apps in beta state. All good? Okay, let's go!



1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I for one hated Facebook Beta. Like Legit! Metric Tons of Lag, basic features malfunction, fails to update in the Play Store a lot (worst part is it's saying Installing for such a long time and then fails!) Not recommending it at all! Instagram beta is nice though

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I always use betas. Love the new implementation of the Playstore with the beta option. Although it could use an option to show which apps even feature a beta in a seperate list.

3. aasifmaqsood

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Don't even get us started on Nova Launcher - it's one of our favorite keyboards, bar none! so nova launcher is keyboard?? and facebook beta update almost every day and it takes ages to update..


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Chrome dev is actually superior to Chrome beta in that it gets the latest beta features before Chrome beta does.

5. gsv619

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I have been using the Chrome Beta for 3 years now and Whatsapp beta for nearly 6 months. Have to say, Chrome Beta is much better than the regular Chrome app IMHO. Whatsapp, yes, its better, but the devs push a new update every single day and sometimes it becomes a bit irritating to update the app. But thats something I willingly participated in. So cant complain. :-P

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