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Facebook forcing employees to use Android to improve app

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Facebook forcing employees to use Android to improve app
It sounds like Facebook is finally going to put some real effort into its Android app, as word has come out that the company is now forcing its employees to use Android devices in order to make the app better. Facebook's Android app has routinely gotten flak for being sub-par, and according to Business Insider, the company is intent on changing that. 

Apparently, Facebook employees are dogfooding the Android app in order to find ways to improve it. Given that the last update to the iOS Facebook app made it a native iOS experience rather than piping in the HTML5 from the website, so maybe we're going to see a native Android experience as well. If so, that would make the app much faster and smoother.

The HTML5 has been an okay way to offer the app, but it has led to inconsistencies, like the fact that users can't access their friends' photo albums unless that friend has switched to Timeline. The mobile experience on Android isn't so bad if your friends have switched to Timeline, but it would certainly be nice to see Facebook go native on Android as well. 

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posted on 23 Aug 2012, 17:33 20

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

well android users could end up moving to G+ witch has a better app....

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:58 20

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Unfortunately, that's not how it goes with social networks. If your friends are on FB, you use FB. The apps don't really matter.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:03 3

7. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)

true dat!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:38 4

8. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

yeah i agree Google Plus has a fresh look but the problem is not much people use it compared to facebook

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 20:26

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

yeah but having a sucky experience migrates lots of people from one social network to another... it killed myspace

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 21:00 3

13. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

that's an overall bad experience, not a bad experience on one platform.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 21:01

14. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

In some cases yes, but I have friends on both, but basically ignored Google+ because there wasn't much point. But when this site was saying how great the Google+ app was I have literally switched to primarily G+ because it really is a better experience.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 23:13 2

17. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Remember 'My Space' and how popular it was before facebook came along? I find a lot of interesting stuff on G+ and the more you use it the better it seams. It's nice not having to worry about pokes and negative drama spewing into my feeds. I haven't gone back to fb since changing over to G+.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 17:41 4

2. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

iOS users download the new Facebook app for ios devices. It's much improved, and mega fast.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:42 2

9. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

Just tried it out. Awesome improvement. maybe I will continue to enjoy facebook a little bit longer now....

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:02 7

3. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Yea, it is pretty sad. Its almost better just to get on the mobile Facebook site than to waste the space on the app.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:34 2

4. shnibz (Posts: 390; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)

Thank God!!! Downphoenix is right because the app suuuuuucks

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:01 1

6. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

Android should get the same treatment as iOS gets with updates and everything, I am myself an iOS user. I feel like both are up to par and should be released, not later down the road.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:46 1

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

it seems that android facebook app will never be par compare to iOS version if facebook wont force its employees so that it will see the flaws for themselves...

better buy a low/mid range device so that you will surely see them!!!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 20:01 1

11. rudlie (Posts: 205; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

iOS has done native! android is next priority ...

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 21:25 1

15. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

Isn't Google+ way better than FaceBook anyway why would Android user adopt FaceBook anyway especially if FaceBook has to be forced to make for Android

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 22:00

16. AnotherOne (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

I dont see why everyone complains , the app has never crashed on me & works as it's supposed too . (Im on a galaxy nexus)

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 03:05 1

19. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

the app always crash if u use mid or low end phone

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 02:01 2

18. droidnator (Posts: 90; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)

It's about time they did something to improve the app, it needs a lot of work!

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 03:45 1

20. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

The android app is terrible, Friendcaster does a better job IMO but I am not a fan of the UI of that app.

The android could actually be significantly better than the IOS version due to the larger screens sizes and jelly bean style.

I like the fact facebook are intent on improving their android app

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 11:46

25. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Facebook purposely downgrades posts from FriendCaster and also prevents FriendCaster from seeing all posts from all of my FB contacts. This is the only reason I am not using FriendCaster regularly. They should just unblock posts and not downgrade FriendCaster and tell everyone to use FriendCaster.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 03:57

21. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

I really hope they improve it, cause right now it's a battery sucker! It's the application that is always on top of the battery usage: and that's even if I don't open it!

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 04:28

22. ilia1986 (unregistered)

I don't understand how you can "force" a person to use an Android phone. It would be like "forcing" a dog to chew on a bone, like "forcing" Winnie the pooh to eat honey, like "forcing" Usain Bolt to run fast.

You don't "force" a person to use an Android phone. A person chooses to use an Android phone naively, given he\she is given the opportunity to do so.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 06:58

23. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

If facebook concentrates on android then i will switch to fb.......
still i use fb sometime in pc......

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 09:51

24. fewwords (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)

all i can say is new android app must also be good tablet UI for facebook

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