Facebook has contingency plans in case it is axed from the Google Play Store

Facebook has contingency plans in case it is axed from the Google Play Store
The next time Facebook crashes on your Android device, don't curse out the platform or even your mobile device. Facebook might be responsible for inducing the glitch on purpose just to gauge your reaction to the crash. Not that Facebook executives are paranoid, but they do want to know if you would leave Facebook if for some reason you couldn't use the native Android Facebook app. The reason has to do with Facebook's fear of being dropped from the Google Play Store.

It wouldn't make sense for Google to drop Facebook from the Play Store. The app is one of the biggest draws Google has, and is a solid source of revenue thanks to in-app purchases. Nope, we don't expect to see Facebook getting kicked out of the Google Play Store for the foreseeable future. But the prospect of such an action obviously is on the mind of the powers-that-be at Facebook.

According to a report published yesterday, Facebook has a contingency plan in place in the event that it gets into a dust-up with Google. If such a war develops, Facebook will offer alternate ways to install apps that are currently available from the Play Store and through in-app purchases. It also would find a different mapping application to use for location services instead of Google Maps.

In some way, this feels a little like Samsung's cold war with Google a few years ago. At the time, there was talk that Samsung was planning to ease up on its reliance to Android, worried that perhaps it had become addicted to Google. It seems that Facebook is worried about the same thing.

source: TheInformation via Engadget



1. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

easy enough, use the browser. Seriously...

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Really. For years the Facebook app was merely an HTML shell of the mobile version of the website before they made it a native app. Of course, you wouldn't get all of the irrelevant adds that they make money from. OTOH, you wouldn't get those irrelevant adds. Come to think of it, why the hell do I bother with the Facebook app in the first place?

15. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yep, God forbid the company that provides a free service actually makes money...

7. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Android browsers are as poorly coded as the Facebook app.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

You suck ass at being a troll...that's good.

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lots of troll academy kickouts these days.

17. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

He is right, Android browsers are coded poorly compared to PC browsers. How often do PC browsers unload pages from memory and have to refresh? Never. Android - open some tabs with heavier sites and when you switch it often reloads.

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not often on my OnePlus One, that's a frustrating experience I could never deal with on iPhones. But thanks to my OnePlus One's 3GB of RAM, it barely ever (if at all) occurs when I'm trying to multitask in Chrome. I could be typing a response or filling out a form, switch to a different tab to so some research and my content remains intact when I switch back. However, it does refresh when I leave it for hours, which never occurs on Desktop browsers. That said, I did notice the same frustrating reloading experience on my OnePlus One with the poorly coded firefox. It brought back the same stupid iPhone browsing experience even though my OnePlus One has more than enough RAM to handle the tabs. Even worse, the cursor management was a laggy mess. Ended up surrendering my bookmarks and browsing tabs to Google to get a much better experience in Chrome.

30. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

PC browsers save some pace cache on hard drive, while phones keep everything in RAM. I think it is done because many phones have very limited storage, and browsers have to support all of them. Or it has something to do with Android OS limitations, I don't know. It becomes a problem in sites that scroll infinitely, loading part of information at a time. I personally would gladly trade some GBs of storage for better browsing experience.

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Agreed, I too would proudly trade some storage space to get a more stable browsing experience. Perhaps that could be an advanced mode...

33. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

i am on the one plus one too sometimes chrome has a bit of scrolling lag

23. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Using the browser is a good option for a lot of things that have an app. Or just install it from some other place than the Play Store. The report this article is based on isn't linked, but it's probably just some clickbait from somewhere.

32. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

fark facebook

2. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Companies with resources will always try to be independent from Google. But I doubt they will be completely successful as even Samsung or Apple were not able do it with all their monetary resources.

11. febday

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

maybe samsung but for apple they have enough resources to service . apart from Google search, no Google service comes preinstalled with iOS devices and that contract is ending some. by the way Google pays Apple 2b a year to have Google search as default in safari. do some research be4 posting

4. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

The Facebook app sucks and has sucked for years. Google should remove it for being so poorly coded. Tinfoil is one of the best alternatives and the one I use.

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

Samsung should definitely nix facebook app. In the recent Samsung phones, it is added as a native app and that is the worst possible one. It drains battery, sucks 300 MB RAM in background(FB and messenger app combined) and obviously has all the usual poor coding.

21. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Not only FB as a native app, also Instagram and other social media apps. They should give users the freedom to download whatever they want and not chock the OS with pre-installed apps.

6. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Facebook sucks. Users of Facebook also suck. Everyone posts the good without the bad, and it distorts peoples expectations from life. The more a person uses Facebook: The more depressed they are. Studies are there for the brave to read. Google it yourself.

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude I am probably the only person in the whole world without a Facebook account... Please say you don't have one as well that way I can say I am not alone. +1

26. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Count on me. I am also on the same boat as you, peacefully away from some 1 billion peole community

28. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Nope, you're not alone! As a matter of fact I thought the same.

9. dmsrfl

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Why would anyone feel the need to install this app? I open Chrome, load the site and I'm able to do everything the app does, even instant message. It's useless.

29. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Actually you're able to do more on the website than the app which is just sad.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Google has never play police on app, not like the way Apple does it. Sometime i do wish Google control the quality of apps being posted in Play Store. I could write another fart app and post it to play store any time while Apple App QC team would block it immediately.

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

In 3 years of using the Fb app, it is still and will always be a RAM and Battery hog. I am to use the browser soon.


Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Using Facebook=supporting Jewish Supremacy. Please boycott. There are other viable alternatives.

18. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015


20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

WTF? Really? How do you figure? Jewish Supremacy? What is that? Please elaborate.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Let them fight

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