beta test


Definition of beta test

: a field test of the beta version of a product (such as software) especially by testers outside the company developing it that is conducted prior to commercial release

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beta test transitive verb
beta tester noun

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Courtesy Sunday In 2018, Sunday started with a beta test on 100 lawns across the country, and launched the product in April. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Organic lawn care startup Sunday is here to disrupt the American yard," 7 Aug. 2019 WhatsApp’s 2018 beta test equipped one million users with the ability to send and receive money in its biggest market, India. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Zuckerberg is so happy with WhatsApp payment’s run in India, he wants to take it places," 24 July 2019 Finally, the Monitor’s five best stories in Friday night’s subscription-only Daily Edition: This is a beta test. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Edition: US women are defiant world champions," 8 July 2019 While some players in the beta test seem to be controlled by bots, others appear to be real people. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Mario Kart Tour shows promise of mobile hit for Nintendo," 9 June 2019 The beauty brands initially involved in the invite-only beta test includes Anastasia Beverly Hills, ColourPop, Huda Beauty, KKW Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics, M.A.C., NARS, NYX Cosmetics, and Ouai. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Instagram Just Added a New In-App Shopping Feature," 19 Mar. 2019 Based on limited results from its beta test, Weebly says that some vendors experienced sales increases of more than 80 percent after uploading the new photos. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Bad product photos can hinder a small business. This company is trying to help.," 14 Nov. 2018 While several phones took part in the beta test, Essential has come through as the winner of the Android 9 update race. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 9 Pie proves Android’s update situation is actually getting better," 7 Aug. 2018 So far, at least three Republican candidates or groups have released ads over the past week slamming Clinton, in what amounts to an early midterms election-year beta test of her continued utility in firing up the conservative base. NBC News, "2018 Campaign: Republicans are running against Hillary Clinton (Again.)," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of beta test

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beta test was in 1983

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