In an exciting development, Meta has announced the launch of a beta program for Threads, specifically tailored for Android users. This program, revealed by a company engineer on Friday, aims to provide early access to new features and bug fixes. However, as with any beta program, users should be aware of the potential risks associated with downloading an unstable build.
Threads, which was introduced just two days prior, has already garnered an impressive user base of 70 million individuals. Despite its rapid success, the platform currently lacks some notable features, including direct messages, a “Following” feed, a full web version, and a chronological feed. Given the platform’s current minimalist structure, the allure of the new beta program may be strong for users seeking to explore forthcoming enhancements.
Invitations for the beta program highlight that certain data regarding users’ app usage will be collected and shared with the developers to aid in the app’s improvement. The invitations also caution that testing versions may exhibit instability.
Interested individuals can readily sign up for beta access today, as there is no waitlist. This means that anyone with an Android device can enter the program and try out future builds.
Threads, a platform closely integrated with Instagram, enables users to authenticate with their existing credentials, facilitating the posting of short updates comprising text (up to 500 characters), links, photos, and videos (up to five minutes long). Upon its launch, Threads became available on iOS and Android devices in 100 countries, excluding the EU due to concerns related to adhering to local data privacy regulations.
Remarkably, within its mere two-day existence, Threads has already captured the attention of Twitter, which is owned by Elon Musk. Twitter has threatened legal action against Threads, accusing Meta of poaching former Twitter employees to create the new platform. Meta, on the other hand, has firmly denied these allegations.
With the launch of the Threads beta program for Android users, Meta is undoubtedly providing an opportunity for enthusiastic individuals to actively participate in shaping the future of the platform. As users eagerly sign up for the beta program, Meta remains focused on refining and expanding Threads to meet the expectations and demands of its growing user base.