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Facebook Unveils Beta program for Android App – Uses Google Groups instead of Facebook Groups?

June 27, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Oh the irony. We all remember back at Google I/O when Google announced the beta program for apps right? Where you can use either Google Groups or Google+ Communities to do beta testing. Many apps have already started doing this including Nova Launcher, Falcon Pro, and Sliding Messenger Pro.

You’ll need to join the Google Group to join this Facebook Beta. The purpose of Facebook’s beta program is to get bug reports and crash reports for upcoming versions of the app. The company might use the beta program to test out new features soon. Which is the main reason why I do beta testing.

The director of Engineering at Facebook, said that the company is becoming increasingly enamoried with Android. Mike Shaver, says that the platform provides a combination of openness, diversity and reach that allows Facebook to take over the entire phone. Which they did with Facebook Home, but that didn’t go over too well. But Chat Heads was just the opposite.

Previously, Facebook was using internal “droidfooding” and beta programs with outside partners to test its apps. Now the next step to begin rolling out direct updates on its app an end-around for the Google Play update system that would allow it to test updates on a set of its users. But Google Play killed that for Facebook really quickly. So now Facebook will be doing their beta program, which Google announced last month.

Sure the Facebook app has gotten a ton of flack in the past about their app. But it can’t be too bad if there are still millions of people using the app, right? I just wish it wasn’t so slow on my Nexus 4, and Nexus 7.

So how many of you will be joining the Facebook Beta Program? Let us know in the comments below.