How to Become Android Beta Tester for Facebook

Two months ago Facebook launched a new program called Facebook for Android Beta Testers. This program allows Android users to test the latest experimental features in the Facebook app. Obviously, this beta edition of Facebook for Android will not be full coded and may cause problems. If you are enthusiastic about helping Facebook build a better app, you should definitely be a part of this program.

Google launched a beta testing program at the Google I/O 2013 conference held on May 2013. With the beta testing program, Android developers can roll-out the updated versions of their apps to a particular group of users, beta testers, to know how those versions perform before rolling out to all the users.

How to become a beta tester?

Becoming a beta tester is really simple. You’ll have to join the Facebook for Android Beta Testers group on Google Groups, install the beta version of Facebook app and you’re ready to go.

Facebook Android Beta Tester

  • Once you’re a part of that group, go to this page and click the Become a tester button.

Become a beta tester

  • Uninstall Facebook if you have that installed on your device already.
  • Download Facebook from Google Play Store and you’re good to go.

Install Facebook

Things to note:

  • You should join this group with the Google account associated with your Google Play Store.
  • If you don’t get the beta version of Facebook even after trying the above steps, restart your phone.

This program is available to any Android user running either Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich or the latest Jelly Bean.


WordPress 3.1 Beta 1 is available for testing

If you are a developer or a WordPress geek, the you might be interested in downloading WordPress 3.1 beta 1 version. This version is expected to have bugs and is being made available only for testing purposes. Hence, do not upgrade to 3.1 beta 1 on a live site. Try it out on a test server.

WordPress 3.1 Beta 1

  • Some of the changes to watch out with WordPress 3.1 Beta 1 will be to Post Formats, Theme Search, Admin Bar and much more. See complete list here.
  • As I mentioned in this post earlier, this is meant only for testing and not to be used with a live website. Once bugs are found and fixed the version will update overnight.
  • If you have found a bug or any issue with the new feature you can bring it up at their alpha/beta forum.
  • WordPress 3.1 Beta 1 does not work with BuddyPress as yet. It should be fixed in time.

The final version of WordPress 3.1 should be out in a couple of months. It is slated to release by the end of this year or early next year.

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Link: WordPress 3.1 Beta