Facebook forcing employees to use Android to improve app

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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24 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

7. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

true dat!

8. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

14. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

2. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

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

9. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

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

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

4. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

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

6. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

10. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!!!

11. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

15. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 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

16. AnotherOne

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 04, 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)

19. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

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

18. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

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

20. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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

25. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

21. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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!

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.

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

24. fewwords

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

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

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