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Mar
facebookmessenger

Ever since Google rolled out public beta applications through the Play Store, some of the biggest names in the game have jumped on board to essentially crowdsource bug discovery in upcoming releases. Among those that are now offering users access to early versions of its software is Facebook, which released a beta version of its primary application earlier this year. The company has now done the same with its Messenger application.

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In the official post about the beta program, Facebook promised to provide users with "a small batch of fixes and new features every month;" in return, it only asks that a bug report is submitted when an issue is encountered. If you think you can handle that kind of responsibility, do the following to enter the beta.

That's pretty much it. If you use Facebook Messenger often, you'll probably want to jump on this.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • c00ller

    On Nexus 4, text in the compose box of a popped out chat head cannot be selected... anyone else? It's been like this forever.

    • Tomáš Petrík

      Nexus 5, the same. However, with a bluetooth keyboard, Ctrl+A works.

  • Daniel Traynor

    Wahoo! Excited for this!

    • Daveon Jackson

      Don't be Facebook is horrible at betas.

  • Mohammad Zaini

    Facebook beta = Nightly update without any improvement..

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      I swear it's just a nightly build with absolutely no changes made. Just an autobuild by some machine and when the IT guy comes to remove porn from their computers, then it's updated.

      • Tom

        Jup I often wonder like, wait whut I just updated it. Then you check for changes: nope nothing changed :p

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    I use Klyph Pro instead of the main Facebook app, but I really don't mind the Facebook Messenger.

    • Kostas

      I think Klyph was abandonded...

      • Carlos Parga

        Exactly!

        "Hi everyone.

        You may have noticed that I've been quite silent for a few weeks now. In fact, I didn't spend more than a couple of hours on the development of Klyph since the beginning of Christmas holidays.

        Well, the main reason to this inactivity is that I'm quite frustrated about Facebook.

        First, there are the obvious API limitations, and many users keep asking me to integrate features that I will never be able to integrate due to these limitations.

        Second, Facebook is not stable. Bugs can happen anywhere anytime. I know that some bugs are due to my code, of course. But when your app is working perfectly for about two weeks and the next day you receive a hundred of mails saying that liking, commenting, posting doesn't work anymore, I can tell you that I'm really pissed off. So I investigate, I find the error and send a bug report to Facebook and they confirm it. My last bug report from January 13 is still not fixed and the app is most likely useless since. And I'm not speaking about older bug reports that are now forgotten in the depth of the bug base.
        Third, I think that the app is now too big for me to handle. After all, I tried by myself to make a whole Facebook app when Facebook itself has probably more than 100 developers, designers and engineers working on it. I’m sorry that I haven’t answered to bug/support emails/g+ posts lately but I received way too many and answering everyone would actually take half of my daily work time.
        Fourth and last, I run out of money to continue the support. I must admit that Klyph wasn’t as successful as hoped, only 75000 downloads where concurrent app are already over the million. So I didn’t earn much money, not enough to get a decent salary.

        I don’t know what the future of Klyph is, I may sell it to a company, I may create a group of developers to continue its development or I may open source it, I really don’t know right now.
        What I know is that I will not continue its development (it applies to Klyph messenger too) and I think I will leave Facebook because it has no purpose to me anymore. I will not expose my opinion of Facebook in this post because it is useless, all you have to know is that I think that Facebook does not go in the right direction.
        I will now focus on making Android app for companies as a freelance Android developer and I will create my own apps on my free time (I’m open to collaborative projects if you have some great ideas). I already launched a new free app in beta stage, if you are interested, please look at this post:https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JonathanGerbaud/posts/ahxA6ToD9tS
        Developing Klyph was a great experience for me, I learned many things during this time and I want to thank all the people that participated in its development (beta testers, translators, community members) as well as people that sent me supporting emails, I was glad to see that many users loved my app.

        Now it’s time for me to move on.

        Have a nice day,

        Jonathan"

        • Kostas

          yes... I ve seen this. I ve moved to friendcaster now :)

  • Stacey Liu

    Facebook Messenger is currently the nicest messaging app on Android. It's not slow as balls like Hangouts, it looks great, it properly shows availability status, it has Chat Heads, and it's just a damn good app.

    Why can't they make the main app more like it?

    • SSDROiD

      While I did love the chat heads, I hated the colors in the new UI. Speaking as a color-blind person where UI can make or break an app for me, a combination of white and blue that the Facebook Messenger app used made it horrible to my eyes. So if that's the plan with the main Facebook app, then Facebook is never getting me back as a user.

      • Leonardo Farage Freitas

        Sorry for asking.. but what happens to the ui for you? Like, does the blue they use turns to something close to white or something? I mean, can you describe what you see? Sorry for my curiosity. Ignore my question if I went over the line.

        • SSDROiD

          While there are multiple types of color blindness, for me specifically the contrast between the white and the blue was too strong. There was no comfortable slow transition effect between the two, there was just a rock-solid contrast similar to black and white, which gave me a headache for some reason. And don't worry about asking, I'm all for spreading the knowledge :) It's difficult to explain, though, but I hope I answered you to a somewhat satisfying degree :)

          • Leonardo Farage Freitas

            Hey, thanks for the reply. I guess I can comprehend better now.. As a developer I haven't been taking into account this. I would have thought that designer students and professionals should have a better understanding of this.

  • crackinthewall

    If this is anything like the beta program for their main app, I'll pass. I've been on their beta since it started and I've never been updated to the new UI but a couple of people with the regular app got the new UI quickly.

  • Del

    I keep getting error 24 when trying to install facebook Messenger. Anyone who can shed light on how to fix this would be awesome!

  • Adrian

    More spy? :D

  • NaNNy`

    All I want is syncronized notification like Hangouts: everytime I switch device it's a rain of notification for old messagges...

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      This! Why notify me about something I already read?!

      • SSDROiD

        Because FUCK YOU, that's why! :P (Sorry, just had to)

        • Leonardo Farage Freitas

          I know the feeling :P can't let a joke goes stray

  • Marina Boykis

    hear bad things about Facebook's betas. has anyone had good experiences with any betas before?

    • SSDROiD

      I was on the beta for a short time right before I quit Facebook. It was the last chance Facebook had to make me stay as a user. When I found out the beta had *nothing* more than the Stable version (at least not from the perspective of someone who doesn't know the codes behind it. Might've been stuff hiding in the codes despite no changes in UI or features), I quit rather quickly. Didn't help that I got updates every 2nd day which raised my expectations for new stuff only to be disappointed every time. Facebook is a mess, and has been for quite some time.

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