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Facebook to produce a native Android app

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Facebook to produce a native Android app
Last month, Mark Zuckerberg had all of his developers switch from the Apple iPhone to an Android handset for the sole purpose of seeing just how poor the Android Facebook experience was. Zuckerberg was hoping that by making the switch, the developers might come up with a suggestion to improve the experience. As it turns out, Facebook is going to do to its Android app exactly what it did to its iOS app, drop the HTML5 and go native. That was the word from the Facebook CEO who was speaking at the Tech Crunch Disrupt conference.

Mark Zuckerberg admits that Facebook made a mistake with HTML5

Mark Zuckerberg admits that Facebook made a mistake with HTML5

Last month, Facebook updated its iOS app in a major way. Instead of offering the mobile website and wrapping it in HTML5, Facebook became a native iOS app, giving users a quicker and more responsive experience. And while Zuckerberg said that a native Android app for Facebook would be coming soon, he also said that "it will be ready when it’s ready."

At the conference, the founder of the social networking site admitted that Facebook made a mistake with its mobile app and relied too much on  HTML5 instead of just going native. He noted that much of the infrastructure used on the iOS version of the app will be used on the Android app. Facebook seems to be focusing on mobile and more of its employees are going to be working in that area. It's a strategy that has been paying off for YouTube with over 1 billion daily video views shown on a mobile device. The bottom line there is the money coming in from mobile ads which is something that Zuckerberg would like to see Facvebook more involved in.
"The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 instead of native. We burnt two years. Native is going to be the approach. We're betting completely on it, Native is going to be the approach that we go with for iOS and Android." -Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook

source: TheVerge via Phandroid

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posted on 11 Sep 2012, 18:32 4

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Why Mr. Zuckerburg switch to android :(

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 19:40 7

7. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


more like :)

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 20:07 5

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thanks for the thumb down... I was sad at the beginning but switching to android is actually a wise way for the consumer... He learn the word choice :)

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 21:14 4

10. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


That is what I meant; I have an Iphone 4s as a work phone and a Galaxy Nexus as a personal phone. The Nexus is my favorite but it is obvious some developers spend more time working on the Iphone apps

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 04:21

18. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


wendy, you should learn to comment without obsessing over the thumbs-up/thumbs-down. Just say what you think regardless of who likes it or dislikes it

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:51

17. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


It's not about the platform, it's about making money and staying the relevant.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 18:48 5

2. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


this just prove that HTML5 apps are not that ready to be embrace fully!

well hoping Windows Phone and BlackBerry next!

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 18:49 1

3. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


just one question.. i thought microsoft has a share on facebook? so i hope deep integration on facebook app for WP too!! coz its not really a good experience to me!

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 18:54

4. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


It is ok on the RAZR, but on my N7, I can use it just fine on the browser, modded with flash.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 19:08

5. neptune.joel (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Jan 2011)


FANALLY!!!!

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 19:30 5

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


at least they're trying hard to figure out what will be best for us Android users. there's a lot of companies that won't even go to the lengths that Facebook is.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 19:45 2

8. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Also, Facebook needs to push its game developers to make the same game available for smartphones. So, if I plant crops in Farmville, I can harvest them on my phone app.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 23:54

16. kanagadeepan (Posts: 712; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Farmville/Zynga games plays very bad (thanks to flash) even in PC... Forget mobile devices...

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 21:56

11. tripps (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


So alen facebook is facvebook with a v

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 22:02 1

12. Savage (unregistered)


Yeah, after the update came on iOS I was wondering about the Android version.
And who was the genius saying phones are HTML 5-ready?

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 22:26 2

13. ogtomasx (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


WOW...!!! talking s**t you little bitch Mark Zuckerberg ANDROID is BADASS operating system and its gives you the liberty to do whatever you want, your FATASS is just to stupid to learn how to appreciate that.....FU

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 23:00 1

14. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


At least he is finally waking up and realizing that he can create a better app by not copying the iphone version.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 23:32 1

15. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Last 3 updates on Android have been horrible. I went back to using the browser which likes to suddenly restart my feed when I scrolled over half way down. Hopefully they can make something that actually works. RHO Elements and various others try to market their HTML5 garbage then attempt to force you to use their addons and such with half the capabilities of Native. I switched to Basic 4 Android to make my apps and would never go back to HTML5 other than web apps that load in browsers on Desktops...not phones.

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