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A number of social apps have turned to the Play Store to manage their betas. We've already seen Facebook and Snapchat launch official beta versions to anyone who signs up for the privilege, and now Twitter is doing the same. If you've signed up for either of the other programs, the routine should feel pretty familiar. The experimental build will replace the current Twitter app on your phone, unlike the Chrome beta that can exist side-by-side with the stable release. Those who opt in will be greeted by a notification when the next build is ready. As this is a beta release, some features may never appear in the stable version, and some instability may appear that could eat your cat or infect your bed with bed bugs. Use at your own discretion.

Now that that's out of the way, here's what to do:

  1. Join this Google Group.
  2. Visit this link and click "Become a Tester" to opt into the program.
  3. Click "Download Twitter from the Play Store" to update your app

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Have fun, and if you want to send feedback, here's process for doing so.

Sending feedback

To give us your feedback or report bugs tap the Report a Bug feature under the ••• icon to bring up the off-screen menu.

Please make sure you include:

  1. Steps to reproduce the issue you’re experiencing and
  2. Connection type (Wifi or mobile network)

What should I do once I’ve joined the program?

  • Turn on automatic app updates for Twitter for Android by opening Google Play Store app > Settings > Check the box next to Auto-update apps
  • Install the new weekly updates that will include new experiments
  • Use the experiment app normally as if you are using the production version - if you are experiencing bugs, please report them to us through the Report A Bug button within the settings of the app.
  • For the latest updates and release notes, be sure to check the topics posted on this group [open for discussion, should we post a change log?]

Experiencing trouble?

  • Using the correct email address - It’s important that you join this Google Group with same the e-mail address associated with your Google Play Store account.  To find out which email address you use, open the Play Store app and tap onMenu > Accounts.
  • Error 404 - If you see this error message, you either 1) haven’t joined this Google Group or 2) you joined the Google Group with a different email address than what’s currently used in your Google Play account.
  • How to uninstall the app - To uninstall the Twitter for Android experiment app, go to your phone’s settings, then Applications > Manage applications > Twitter > Uninstall.
  • Trouble downloading the app -  If you’ve completed steps 1-3 listed above and you’re still experiencing download issues, learn how to troubleshoot this problem in the Google Play Help Center.

Thanks, Daniel Traynor!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • johnforamerica

    Sticking with Falcon Pro, at least for the time being...

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Same here, but you "need" Twitter to see favorites, retweets, new followers, etc. Luckily, using both is easy enough.

      • johnforamerica

        Yep! I can usually just wait until I get to a desktop browser for those, but good point!

      • numpty

        True, but also luckily, very few people "need" to see those things. They're of no interest whatsoever to the majority of us who just want to follow some people and occasionally tweet something ourselves.

    • Nuno Guerreiro

      bah.... Plume is way better!!! Plume rocks!!!

    • Jon L.

      i use falcon pro too for browsing timeline, and use Twitter for notifications, drafts, trending, search. (basically anything other than browsing TL hehe)

  • ph0oky

    Why does twitter refuse to put a scrollable tweet widget in their app? It's necessary!

    • hakan

      Maybe because all their developers are actually iPhone users and they have no idea about the awesome stuff they could do with Android widgets.

    • Simon Belmont

      This would be awesome. I use the Twitter widget a lot, but scrolling would make it a lot faster than the buttons they use now.

      Also, they only cache so many tweets in the current widget. They could easily lazy-load more tweets once you get near the end of the list.

  • vs8

    First thing I'll report is the awful two action bar UI this app uses. So unessesary.

    • Victor Stuber

      What's wrong with it?

      • vs8

        It takes too much space. Space that could be used for content.

        They could use a navigation drawer for 'Discover', 'user profile', 'find people to follow'. By doing that you're freeing enough space in the blue action bar for the timeline and interactions icons.

        You still could swipe from timeline to interactions, which are the most crucial tabs and free space for actual content.

        The navigation drawer would make the current 'up' icon (the twitter icon that says 'Home' next to it on portrait but hides it in landscape for some unknown reason) smaller since it would remove the text.

        Twitter just have to follow the Android designs guidelines a bit closer and their app automatically becomes better. ;)

        • miri

          It's 2/3 of a tweet thick at worst, contributes to a unique "Twitter" aesthetic, gives you glance-able notifications of updates in each tab and a quick way to jump to the top of the feed and follows the guidelines to the letter. It's fine as it is.

          • vs8

            You could still have glance able notifications, you could go to top by touching the icons on top, it would still have the twitter look, with the color and branding and best of all, it would be much more cleaner.
            Not everyone has a big-ass phone.

  • Otto Prime

    Hmm I'm being told I already have Twitter installed.

    Has anyone been able to grab a "test" build? Maybe it's not out yet?

    • Rix

      Same with me, no option to update

    • GreatNews

      got the same problem!

    • Nuno Guerreiro

      Probably cause they still haven't release any beta build...

    • Mr-Glass

      Same here!

    • Guest

      No test build available yet by the looks.

    • Guest

      jjoj

    • Daniel McKenzie J. Traynor

      No beta version available yet by the looks..

  • miri

    Call me crazy, but I actually like the official twitter app; it's come a long way. It's clean, simple and honestly I think the third party apps are horrendously over designed.

    • Simon Belmont

      I agree. The only thing I could ask for is better tablet support.

      There's seriously some room for improvement on efficient use of screen space for tablets. Hoping they address this sooner, rather than later.

    • Mehmet Fatih

      I agree, but they should add theme support or at least a black theme. Hate using it with full bright white theme, hurts my eyes at night.

  • Simon Belmont

    I might give this a shot. The regular Twitter client has been pretty steadily improving lately.

    So, being able to try some new features would be nice. Nice to see this.

  • http://wigasanggak.tumblr.com/ Wigas Angga K

    the only reason I use the official app is the push notification feature.

  • El_Goog

    I love the beta-testing thingy through Google+. Whoever had the idea, he/she deserves a big medal.

  • http://about.me/z.jovanov Zlate Jovanov

    Why Facebook and Twitter don't use Google+ for beta app testing?!? ;D

    • Spoken Word™
      • http://about.me/z.jovanov Zlate Jovanov

        That's a Google group, it's different from Google+ Community :P

        p.s. I was sarcastic with my previous comment, I already knew this at that time.

  • Doan

    When I click the link to join the group I get this:

    "Twitter for Android Experiment
    You must be a member of this group to view and participate in it.
    You cannot view this group's content because you are not currently a member."

    There is no option to join.

    • jonathan3579

      Did you ever find a way in?

      • Doan

        Nope. My assumption is it was an open group, either for a limited time, or until a certain number of people joined, and then made private.

    • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

      Same here :/

  • Jon L.

    Why can't I join the group??

    It just says >>

    "Twitter for Android Experiment

    You must be a member of this group to view and participate in it.

    You cannot view this group's content because you are not currently a member."

    and a link to report the group
    --------
    can't even google search it, it wont appear. is the link down at the moment?

    • Xin

      same here

    • Cory Wilson

      You can't join because they suck. It's the only logical explanation

  • Xeeks

    I don't see the JOIN button?

  • AnthonyRyan89

    How can I join I go to link and it says you must be a member to view that its invite only so how can I get an invite

  • Tim Bremer

    Does anyone have the apk?

  • Cory Wilson

    This is ridiculous. Why can't I join the beta?

  • spupuz

    join button is not presente also for me :/

  • Xin

    cannot join the group any more?

  • Spoken Word™

    Seriously, that program has been closed to new members for weeks!