November 23, 2014

Facebook encourages its employees to go Android

Android gods must be very happy to see that photo below, apparently, Facebook has been encouraging its employee to ditch their iPhones for an Android.

Now you know the reason why Facebook’s Android App is so terrible, the company has focussed on its iPhone and iPad apps since there are more testers available, more resources and more mind sharing, the preferred development platform has been iOS in and around the Valley.

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Things are changing, rather they have to, Android has approximately 70% market share in the United States — the quality of the platform, both from an end-user and developer perspective, has increased dramatically. The Android App until now is a native/HTML5 hybrid which Facebook has informed that the complete native Android app is in works and shall be released soon.

The is not the only problem with Facebook, we see developers often crib about the fragmentation of Android OS, so many versions, screen sizes and more, despite the huge market presence, app developers are more inclined towards iOS versions before the Android versions hits the market.

Facebook has been asking its engineers to cross the bridge and go Android, they are one of the first few companies doing so, but this step from Facebook may see a lot of other companies following too. Some development companies have usually seen Android as an evil and prefer to develop for iOS, due to the extra money they can make developing iOS apps as compared to Android Apps.

However, we’ve seen a lot of devices upgrading to Android 4.0+ and a lot of low-end phones coming with ICS too! It’s about time, someone gives an overhaul to the whole mind-set and who better than Facebook to lead with an example.

As Mark wrote a tie for the whole year, maybe he would have to start using an Android Phone and motivate the fellow employees to go Android too! Also it only makes perfect sense to switch/move to an OS on which you’re building your secret Phone, oops, spilled the beans?

In the interview (via Business Insider), Zuckerberg commented on how the iPhone 5 and iOS affects Facebook interaction:

iPhone is a great platform. There are more people who use Facebook on Android — because Android is just — more people use it, at this point. And the thing that I think a lot of people don’t think about is that there are actually more people in the world using Facebook on mobile Web, right, so not using the apps on iOS or Android, but actually just going to a browser on a phone. There are more people doing that than the iPhone and all of Android phones combined, right? So it’s actually a pretty diverse ecosystem.

What do you think?

The DNetWorks Team

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