Twitter has launched a beta testing program for its Android app on the Google Play Store, in order to let interested users test out new features before they go public.

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Back at Google I/O, Google launched a new Play Store feature wherein app developers can test beta versions of their apps with new features through a select group of users, before introducing those features in the generally available builds. Facebook was one of the first major companies to opt for the beta testing route, and now Twitter is following suit.

The beta program is open for all, and once you join, the official build of the app will be replaced by the experimental version on your device. Any new features that Twitter wishes to test will be available as beta updates, and if everything checks out, these features will make their way to the stable build.

Interested? Well, here’s what to do to get in on the beta testing action. Join this Google Group. Then, visit this link and click “Become a Tester” to opt-in to the program. Once that’s done, hit the “Download Twitter from the Play Store” to update your app to the currently available beta version (if you get an error saying you already have the app installed, don’t worry, it simply means a beta isn’t available yet, but you will get the latest one as an update whenever it is available). Sounds simple? It should, because it is.

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There is something to keep in mind though. Once you install the beta version, you’ll have to completely uninstall the beta build and re-install Twitter from the Play Store to go back to the stable release. Oh, and before doing that, you’ll also need to opt-out of the beta group using the “Leave the test” option, from the same link where you opted-in.

Via: Android Police