WhatsApp seems to have something new (and possibly very exciting) brewing… Or not? Just last week the company announced that users can now chat with up to 256 people simultaneously. Now comes a beta-testing program for an unreleased version of its app on Google Play.
The program was spotted first by Android Police, that explained that the program is different because WhatsApp always provided app updates through it’s website and not Google Play. Users had to allow their device to install apps “from untrusted sources” – the new program is taking place directly via Google Play.
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Rita El Khoury fron Android Police explained that
It does make more sense to have an official Play Store beta program. Updates get delivered automatically, they’re incremental so you don’t have to download the entire APK (Android application package) each time (that matters when you’re on a limited connection and WhatsApp releases a new bug fix every couple of hours), and you don’t have to change the untrusted sources setting if that’s something you’re paranoid about.
Any users who would like to join the beta-testing program will not need to join Google+ communities or Google Groups. Their apps will then be automatically updated with unreleased versions of the app. The announcement for the testing program cryptically says
WhatsApp Inc. has invited you to a testing program for an unreleased version of the WhatsApp Messenger app. As a tester, you’ll receive an update that includes a testing version of the WhatsApp Messenger app. Please note that testing versions may be unstable or have a few bugs.
Hm… I am very curious about this actually. I would assume many Android users would jump at the opportunity to be part of something like this! What do you think?