WhatsApp has now introduced an official Android beta testing program. The move can expand the Facebook owned company’s ability to reach testers on a broader range by making it simpler to sign up to new versions of the WhatsApp software. However, on WhatsApp side it will be simpler for distribution of new releases and features.
WhatsApp had a testing program to check its viability. The company will be hosting beta build of APK file directly on its own website. At times, this standalone APK outside the Google Play Store would see small changes and other times it will be bagging notable new features first like voice calling support or integration with google drive for backup.
WhatsApp’s most devoted end users might took part in this beta testing and they will be tracking the WhatsApp website or APK Mirror site to stay informed about new builds. Plus because the app was distributed through its website, it will need users in opening up the security setting on its devices to allow for apps installed from ‘untrusted sources’.
The move to relocate the beta testing program was spotted by its blog Android police and noted that users will no longer would be have to join Google+ community or Google group in order to test the app’s latest versions will be moving forward.
Its beta testers can visit the Google Play store’s official testing page to sign up for the program. Google Play has long supported the ability for app developers to run official alpha and beta testing program through its app store which can be different from Apple’s iTune approach. Testers can download pre-release version of apps through Apple owned TestFlight and another third party distribution program.