We are in the early stages of development of the official Stack Exchange Android app and we need your help with testing. To set a few expectations: there will be bugs, crashes, and missing features, all of which will be fixed in 6 to 8 weeks.

We are initially targeting Android devices running Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 or higher) starting with phones (up to ~5 inch) and eventually moving our way to tablets.

To register for alpha testing sign up here.

After you register we will send you an invite to a private Google community where you can find a link to download our app directly from the Google Play store. The invitations will be sent out in waves, so if you don’t get an invite immediately, be patient.

Crash reports will be automatically reported back to us using Crittercism. Bugs or feature requests should be reported here on meta and tagged . Please do not use the Google community to report bugs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and are committed to building the best mobile app possible for browsing the Stack Exchange sites.

  • 31
    Queue the people waiting for official iOS versions... like me! ;)
    – J. Steen
    Jul 24, 2013 at 19:19
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    @TronicZomB At least the grammar allows for the possibility that you have more than one. ;)
    – J. Steen
    Jul 24, 2013 at 19:21
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    Should we avoid reporting bugs on tablets for now, or should we already test the app on a tablet if we have one? Jul 24, 2013 at 19:22
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    Android.SE mod here, you may want to cross post to our meta site too! meta.android.stackexchange.com Jul 24, 2013 at 19:23
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    @TronicZomB You can have profiles on each of the various Stack Exchange sites. For example, you have 19. Jul 24, 2013 at 19:25
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    Cyanogenmod is your friend, @animuson.
    – Shog9
    Jul 25, 2013 at 0:01
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    @Shog9: Are you crazy? You know how long it took me to figure out how to install it the first time? I'm not an Android super-nerd like some people. :P
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jul 25, 2013 at 2:07
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    Well... I guess you don't have to build it from source if you don't want to, @ani. BTW: Android Enthusiasts
    – Shog9
    Jul 25, 2013 at 2:13
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    Just for clarification: "private Google community" = G+ circle? I'm avoiding all those "special social features" (not wanting my data spread more than they are already), and several others as well. Why not sending the invite by mail? There's a mail address registered with SE for each user, and mods/admins IMHO can access it. Being an official SE app, this should be a possible way :)
    – Izzy
    Jul 25, 2013 at 14:25
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    @Izzy that is a feature of the Google Android developer tools that allows the developer to distribute a beta version to a specific set of users via the Play store. And that feature uses Google+ to create the access list. Jul 25, 2013 at 14:32
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    Am curious if it will be open source?
    – tshepang
    Jul 26, 2013 at 17:30
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    I signed up about 3 days ago, and I still haven't gotten the invitation. Is there something wrong, or are the invitations sent out scarcely? Jul 30, 2013 at 3:56
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    @CodyGuldner Aside from what Geoff said, see the question: "The invitations will be sent out in waves, so if you don’t get an invite immediately, be patient." -- we won't invite everyone at once, so it may be a while either way (see point 11 on joelonsoftware.com/articles/BetaTest.html for the main reason).
    – balpha StaffMod
    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:44
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    What breaking edge new feature(s) are you guys using that you have to start at 4.1. :( Still running 2.3.
    – user226253
    Aug 5, 2013 at 16:15
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    @DannyBeckett this is not the official Stack Exchange android app. Stack Remote just happens to use our logo (which we will try and rectify). Aug 6, 2013 at 15:48


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