Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg promises a better, native Facebook for Android
I’ve never really been to phased by Facebook’s Android app until recently. It was never too laggy or too slow for my liking, but recently things have taken a turn for the worse. Too often I spend minutes staring blankly at a white ‘loading…’ screen waiting – nay, praying – that some recent news from my friends will appear. Facebook’s Android app sucks and we all know it.
In a recent TechCrunch conference Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has stated that “we’ve had a bunch of missteps on [mobile].” Zuckerberg goes on to say that “the biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 instead of native… We burnt two years.” It’s quite interesting that. It shows that a company with as much prowess and experience as Facebook does make the same mistakes that any smaller company would make. The lucky thing for the Big F? It still has close to a billion users.
In regards to native apps vs HTML 5 Zuckerberg has stated:
We’re betting completely on it … Native is going to be the approach that we go with for iOS and Android.
Well, let’s just hope so. A native Facebook for Android application would really tickle my fancy. I’m not sure about you – but I haven’t made the jump (fully) to Google+ yet – I’m a user of both social networks (and of course, Twitter).
Zuck has also promised that there will be more of the company’s employees focused on developing the native applications. Good move Zuck.