Facebook to produce a native Android app

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.

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.
source: TheVerge via Phandroid

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18 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Why Mr. Zuckerburg switch to android :(

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

more like :)

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 :)

10. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 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

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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

17. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

2. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

this just prove that HTML5 apps are not that ready to be embrace fully! well hoping Windows Phone and BlackBerry next!

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

5. neptune.joel

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 12, 2011

FANALLY!!!!

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

16. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

11. tripps

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

So alen facebook is facvebook with a v

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?

13. ogtomasx

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 25, 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

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

15. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 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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