Facebook-owned Instagram has made a facility for users who enjoy testing new features on the platform. The company’s Early Adopter program allows users, who have signed up for the program, to experience the application uniquely. In a similar effort, Instagram has launched a new Alpha testing program on IOS and Android platform. The program is primarily aimed towards users who want to test pre-released features of the app.
According to a report by Tech Crunch, some of the standard Instagram features such as Account Switching and Multiple Photo-Sharing options had first shown up on the platform’s Android Beta program first. Android Police was the first to spot the official Android Alpha program on Reddit. The post made by an apparent Instagram employee was encouraging Reddit users to sign up for the program along with an invitation link. Soon enough, Reddit users turned the post into a series of feature requests. Numerous features such as Reverse-Chronological Feed, Dark Theme, Regramming Support and others were requested for in the comment’s thread.
Instagram’s latest venture, i.e., the Alpha program cannot precisely be understood as being a brand-new program. The program showed up online roughly two weeks back but was uncovered only recently. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform hasn’t made any formal announcement regarding the matter as yet.
An Instagram spokesperson, however, confirmed to Tech Crunch that there is in fact, an Alpha Program by saying, “We recently introduced Alpha programs for our iOS and Android versions of Instagram in addition to the Beta program we’ve had on Android for awhile,” they said. These programs are “a great way to collect feedback from the community.”
Testing programs are hardly a secret for apps, as companies require some individuals to join the alpha and beta groups for experimental purposes. Even a company like Google carries this facility out for its Android users.