Facebook announces 1M users on Android beta-testing service

The social network says it's got a million users trying to find bugs on its mobile app across devices from more than 50 manufacturers.

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Facebook on Friday announced 1 million daily active users on its Android beta-testing program, which gives developers access to the Android app before it's released, in an attempt to find bugs and provide feedback to the company's engineers.

In a blog post, the company said that the users are in 150 different countries, and that the goal is to make sure the app is stable among all the different Android devices on the market. Right now, users are testing the app on devices from more than 50 manufacturers.

The company also announced the Facebook for Android alpha-testing service for examining even rougher versions of Android apps. "Alpha is not for the faint of heart -- features will come and go, crashes will be introduced and fixed, and designs may go through many iterations," the blog post said. "Because we are continually testing and experimenting on alpha, the Facebook for Android app that alpha users test will look and behave differently than what ultimately gets shipped in a general release."

 

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