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Facebook to produce a native Android app

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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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