Aug 24, 2012
As mentioned in the article about Flipster the other day, Facebook’s Android app isn’t very well-regarded. This is because the app was built in HTML5 so that Facebook could deploy the app to multiple platforms easily, and to quickly integrate new features. However, this came at the cost of performance, to put it nicely. The iOS app’s HTML5 core has been stripped out and replaced with entirely native code, and while the interface hasn’t changed much, it’s a much smoother app experience.
Now, the same may be coming to Android, as reports have surfaced that Mark Zuckerberg himself is going to essentially start forcing his staff to start using Android phones. The purpose is simple: to motivate them to make the app not be awful any more. The iOS native app took 6 months to develop; how long would a revamped Android version take? That is a good question, with all the phones and tablets out there to ensure compatibility with. But still, it’s an important step for the service.