Facebook is forcing some of its employees to ditch their iPhones for Android smartphones

Facebook is forcing some of its employees to ditch their iPhones for Android smartphones
In a recent press briefing, Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer said that he will be forcing some of the company employees to ditch their iPhones and get Android smartphones instead. According to Cox, this decision was made in an attempt to build empathy between those who make Facebook tick and those who actually use the social network.

While Apple's iPhone series continues to generate huge interest across the globe, the reality is that many of those who use Facebook on their mobile phones cannot afford the premium price tag attached to Apple's iPhone models. According to the latest estimates from market research firm IDC, Android is the mobile OS that powers about 82.8% of all smartphones on the globe. Furthermore, Android is by far the most popular OS in emerging markets, which is exactly where Facebook is looking for new users to build upon its 1.5 billion user base.

At the moment, the Facebook app for iOS is the first to get new features, but that may change in the future as Facebook's software engineers are mandated to get more intimate with Android smartphones.

This is the second time in little over a week when we're hearing that Facebook is trying to put its employees in the shoes of potential future users in emerging markets. Last week, Facebook announced 2G Tuesdays, an initiative that limits the Facebook app to 2G network speeds for one hour each Tuesday.

source: The Independent

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78 Comments

1. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Well that's not very fair to the employees.

35. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

For a business like Facebook, their employees should be more productive and flexible so they must ditch iOS.

57. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

That has nothing to do with what personal phone someone uses. FB shouldn't be able to dictate what a person buys with their own money. If they can afford an iPhone and want one, they should be able to use one. I don't think its right and I sure wouldnt let them tell me what I had to use as my personal phone, a company provided phone sure, but not personal.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is just plain stupid. There has got to be a better way for FB to have their employees empathize with "those that make Facebook tick" than to dictate what phones they use. It's not like FB is some ultra secure business or government facility that has dire secrets or information that needs protecting

5. Furbal unregistered

This is by far the easiest way to get their employees to innovate in ways that will benefit their future target market. You can theorize all you want, until you experience what is going on you do not know what really needs changed.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you do? Aren't you "theorizing" as well? Hypocrite, much? And yes, there are better ways to get them to empathize than to dictate what phone they use. For instance, FB can just get their employees company phones that run Android.

17. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I'm sorry but using it as a company phone will not allow to realize how difficult is it for people to use it , they're just going to throw the phone around They need to carry an underpowered device for at least a couple of weeks so they could fully understand how it's like to own one and live with it

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

Then FB should buy them the phone to use. It's still a company phone. Offer an incentive to use it daily, outside of work. Like a bonus. But no way should they be dictating what they use in their personal, non-work life.

40. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Where does this article say that FB is demanding that their PERSONAL phone is a particular brand? The company in NO way can dictate what phone their employees use for personal use. It's just not going to happen.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

"In a recent press briefing, Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer said that he will be forcing some of the company employees to ditch their iPhones and get Android smartphones instead." Clearly stated in the first paragraph. Perhaps you didn't read the article?

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's better ways to innovate. As much as it pains me he has a point. I can't believe I just said that.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

You agree with me? It must be raining cats and dogs. Pigs must be flying. Hell has frozen over.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't push it.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

And if I do? What exactly do you think you can do if I do push it?

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be a keyboard warrior.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

You should take your own advice.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A typical no you response. Unsurprising.

55. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

A typical BS response from you. Not surprising.

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah, you're done here. Get lost and live to fight another day, aka lose as usual.

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

So now you're resorting to stealing my lines? Lol, typical Mxy, mimicking what others say. You're so lame. This is a clear indication that YOU are done. Shoo, fly.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I thought so. You're such a predictable megalomaniac. See comment 59 and get lost.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why are you still here being a pest? Didnt I tell you to "shoo", fly?

69. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well if you stop with the bs, the flies would disappear. See comment 59.

72. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

Doubtful YOU would disappear, as you are reminiscent of tha last turd that just refuses to flush down the toilet.

75. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So you threw your Passport into the toilet lol.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

Come on, mxy, if you agree, give him a thumbs-up.... it's ok... you can do it.... just one click....

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't want to.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 21329; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't want or need him to.

45. AlikMalix unregistered

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's just cranky.

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