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  • Facebook's Chief Product Officer is Forcing Some Workers to Swap to an Android Phone

    Recent reports are indicating that Facebook’s chief product officer is making it a requirement for a number of team members to swap from iPhones to Android phones so they can supposedly experience how most people interact with the social network. According to Wired, Chris Cox said the following at the most recent Facebook press event regarding the matter:

    I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone.
    He went on to explain that Facebook workers need to be "reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today."

    Statistics revealed that though the iPhone is extremely popular in certain countries such as the US, UK and Japan, but roughly 82.8% of the world’s smartphones are based on Android. Most people can’t afford an iPhone which starts at $649 unlocked for a 16GB iPhone 6s, whereas the low cost of Android development tends to allow for a more diverse mixture of both low- and high-end devices. In an effort to continue growing, Facebook is looking to expand further into developing countries such as India and developing for the targeted audience is crucial.

    As of right now, much of Facebook’s mobile development tends to be centered around the iPhone. As a result, whenever it rolls out new features, the iPhone is the first device to get them.

    The news doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as just last month, Facebook launched an optional “2G Tuesdays” program which encourages its staff to try and simulate a 2G-level connection, since many people in developing countries don’t have access to 3G or 4G and can’t make use of the media-rich content.

    We’ll have to wait and see how this effort pays off for the social media giant.

    Source: Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook's Chief Product Officer is Forcing Some Workers to Swap to an Android Phone started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Hmm why not allow them both? Android is not as nice as ios
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      This is for company-provided phones, I believe. This "article" was discussed a few days ago elsewhere. In this regard, it makes sense.
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      I'm sure its the top end of android not the low end crap ones
    1. Clem-Clone's Avatar
      Clem-Clone -
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      If the phone's are provided and paid for by the company then this makes total sense. If it's personal then that's a different story, but I highly doubt these are personal devices. I think it's a good idea to have their team know both iOS and Android for their app.