Facebook is looking to get user feedback on its Android mobile app in a much earlier phase than ever before. In a blog post, mobile release engineering lead Christian Legnitto introduced its Facebook for Android alpha testing program.
This summer, the social networking company unveiled its Facebook for Android beta program, which was designed to help it better understand user feedback. The company leveraged a new service in the Google Play Store that enabled developers to do testing before their final versions went out to the masses.
In the four months since the beta program was released, Facebook says it is seeing over 1 million daily active users on its beta release from across 150 countries. Its testers are trying the company’s apps on phones from over 50 manufacturers, run multiple versions of Android, and across various networks. The company also says that it has received over 1,000 direct pieces of feedback from participants, including feature requests, bug reports, and posts in its feedback groups.