Today Facebook announced and is now taking signups for its new Facebook For Android Beta Program that uses Google Play’s new beta system to push pre-release versions of its apps to users so they can help it catch bugs and offer feedback.

Product Manager Ragavan Srinivasan explained Facebook is doing this “to give people early access to versions of Facebook we’re planning on shipping, and get feedback from real-world users to improve our products before shipping to all our users.”

Facebook has published a blog post with more details, but here’s the signup link and how the program works:

  • Sign up to to become a member of the Facebook For Android Beta Testers Group on Google Groups or Google+
  • Opt in to Google’s beta testing system policies
  • Download the beta app, use it normally, and access the bug-reporting option in the slide out navigation menu to send feedback directly to Facebook
  • Join…

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