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Instagram launches an alpha testing program on iOS and Android

Instagram launches an alpha testing program on iOS and Android
From TechCrunch - December 19, 2017

Are you an early adopter? Okay, but are you a really early adopter who likes to test new, experimental things even if it means youll experience crashes and bugs? Then you may be interested to know that Instagram has launched Alpha testing programs on iOS and Android aimed at those who want to test pre-release versions of its popular photo-sharing app.

Instagram has been running an Android Beta program for a couple of years now. Here, things like account switching and multi-photo album postsnow standard Instagram featuresfirst made their debut.

The companys newly launched Alpha program will offer a different version of the app to testers than is available to Beta testers, however, so users may get to test features that never even make it to the next step up, much less the wider public.

The site Android Police first caught wind of the Android Alpha programs launch, after spotting a post from an Instagram employee (which has since been removed) on Reddit. The post was soliciting participants for the program by offering a link to join. Commenters on Reddit then turned the thread into a series of feature requests, begging for things like an option for a reverse-chronological feed, a dark theme, and regramming supportmeaning, reposting someone elses photo with attribution.

Of course, who knows what Instagram may actually end up testing as this Alpha program gets going. (Email me if you find something good!)

While news of the Alpha program was just uncovered, its not exactly brand-new. The program actually launched two weeks ago, we understand. But Instagram didnt make a formal announcement about its availability, so its existence is new information to many.

An Instagram spokesperson confirmed the Alpha programs launch to TechCrunch, in a statement.

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