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Facebook Announces Messenger Beta Testing Program, Go Sign Yourself Up

This afternoon, Facebook announced a new beta testing program, specifically for Facebook Messenger. For months, there has already been an official Facebook beta app for users, but this is the first time they have also opened it up to the Messenger side of things. 

The beta, as Google has been doing with its staged rollouts for months, will act as a first line of defense against problematic bugs that get pushed through the app. Updates will go out to this select group of folks, and if there are issues, Facebook will have an easy time narrowing down problems and releasing fixes before the update is sent to the masses on Google Play.

Not only should you expect to see bugs and wacky app behavior, but you may also be first in line to see new features. Beta testing apps definitely has its ups and downs.

The beta program will provide us with an early warning system that will help make everyone’s experience with the app better, once we push it more broadly. Also, since Messenger is all about private sharing and small groups communication, the beta program will give us another channel to understand what kinds of sharing tools resonate with people using Messenger.

If you are willing to help out Big Brother, go sign up and download the beta app from Google Play by following the link provided below.

Sign up here.

Via: Facebook

    I think it was AWESOME

  • Stone Cold

    There is no need for a app to do all this.
    This app has access to these permissions:
    Your accounts
    find accounts on the device
    create accounts and set passwords
    add or remove accounts
    read Google service configurationYour location
    precise location (GPS and network-based)
    approximate location (network-based)Your messages
    read your text messages (SMS or MMS)Network communication
    view network connections
    receive data from Internet
    full network access
    change network connectivity
    download files without notification
    view Wi-Fi connections
    connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
    Your personal information
    read calendar events plus confidential information
    add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners’ knowledge
    read your own contact cardPhone calls
    directly call phone numbers
    read phone status and identityStorage
    modify or delete the contents of your USB storageSystem tools
    install shortcuts
    test access to protected storage
    send sticky broadcast
    read battery statisticsYour applications information
    run at startup
    retrieve running apps
    reorder running appsCamera
    take pictures and videosOther Application UI
    draw over other appsMicrophone
    record audioYour social information
    write call log
    read your contacts
    modify your contacts
    read call logAffects battery
    prevent device from sleeping
    control vibrationAudio settings
    change your audio settingsStatus bar
    expand/collapse status barSync Settings
    toggle sync on and off
    read sync settingsWallpaper
    set wallpaper
    adjust your wallpaper size

  • cities516

    “If you are willing to help out Big Brother,…”
    I love this metaphor.

  • Ray

    Facebook Android Beta program = the most disorganised, chaotic, useless, unprofessional, ridiculous, downright pathetic beta I’ve ever had the opportunity to be apart of. If nothing else, it’s a damn good laugh at some of the worlds stupidest people all congregating in the one place.

    The shear stupidity of some of the people who continue to think Facebook gives two shits about them and the feedback they provide is beyond me.

    In the 6~ months I was in the beta – the UI changed… for the worse! No significant changes or updates, no real fixes, no memory improvements (although Facebook will have you believe otherwise by reading their changelogs) – nothing at all even remotely interesting or worth while. At the end of the day, the beta still sucks and the public release also still sucks.

    For a company the size of Facebook and the amount of money they have, you would think they could afford some decent developers that can build a 100% native Android app that is memory efficient, stable and overall reasonably fast. None of those things the Facebook app is nor will it ever be IMO.

    The permissions alone are enough to turn anyone with half a brain right off it. I actually used both AppOps and xPrivacy (in separate tests) to disable all the permissions the app requests and unbelievably, the app still functioned perfectly normal. I couldn’t find one thing that prevented the app from working as expected. It is just one big pile of data harvesting (stealing?) garbage as far as I’m concerned.

    I removed the app a few months back and have never looked back.

    • Gamblor77

      Hahaha brilliant post! This totally made my day, Thanks!

    • Trent Callahan

      Glad someone still has sense 😀 Ray for President!

    • Stone Cold

      That is me the ability to read write and send emails and messages made me kill my use of the app.

  • TSY87

    Serious question, for all those who are anti facebook… do you just not participate in social media or are all your friends actually actively using G+? I personally have no qualms with FB and all my friends are on it. On the flipside, none of my friends use G+ so for me it’s not even something I would consider at this point.

    • Al-Burrit0

      I like the way g+ works but almost all my friends are on fb. Only a few are on g+ and hardly

    • Chad

      As bad as facebook is at nearly everything, G+ is a barren wasteland. It’s always one of the first apps that I disable on a new phone.

    • Trent Callahan

      Facebook is for talking to people you know in real life. Problem is, I can’t stand the people I know xD G+ is for connecting with people whom have similar likes/interests. It works for me.

  • Defenestratus

    I’d rather have a proctology exam by edward scissorhands.

    • Trent Callahan

      You sir, deserve more likes.

  • Stone Cold

    Quit after the permissions got so stupid.

  • ビッググリーン

    Nah screw Facebook.

  • DC_Guy

    When are they going to “fix”the regular app. They teased the ability to post pictures as comments (like you can with the iOS version) in the most recent update and that functionality was nowhere to be found. After a slew of negative Play Store comments they revised the update description and removed the reference to the photo comment functionality/ Still they need to actually roll out the functionality to bring parity between the Android and iOS apps.

    • Chad

      Sadly, there will never be the parity that you’re referring to. iOS app devs need only develop apps for predominately one version. Android is so fragmented (yes still) with so many different versions, I couldn’t imagine how difficult it must be to keep them all up to date and on par. Not defending fb because I loathe it, but it’s reality.

      • Javier Rivera Carozzi

        I find it funny when people blame fragmentation as the responsible for all that is wrong and bad in this world, almost as if the developer has to create one app for every device in existence. It’s more simple than that. Facebook developers are mediocre, and they prioritize iOS developing over Android. Best example? Home vs Paper.

    • angelycam

      I can post a pic as a comment and I am a FB beta tester (dont’ judge me, no really don’t), although I tried to leave the test it still says I am a tester. I have an LG G2. Wish I could post a screen shot, but I’m at work (again don’t judge me). Reason I know it wouldn’t let me leave the test is because when I try to rate the app it says I can’t because I am a tester…wtf…I hit “leave test”!! I think it has improved and I guess I’m the only one…sorry!! I will not beta test the messenger though…don’t need it. All my family is on FB, none of them want to try G+ :/

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “Go Sign Yourself Up”.. nope.

    I relish the day Facebook falls off the face of the planet. It is an epic and utter colossal waste of time.

  • Straylight

    AH, haha….


    • moew

      People still use bookface?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio