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Facebook Asks Staffers to Dump Their iPhones and Use Android

The social-networking giant plants posters around its campus urging employees to go Android.

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In the Bay Area, where so much mobile software is developed, the iPhone's market share is an impressive 100%. Well, not really. But it can sure feel that way. Sometimes when I'm riding the subway, I scan the many mobile devices being used by my fellow passengers; quite often, there isn't a non-Apple product in sight.

This may be one factor which helps explain why Android apps often aren't as nice as their iOS equivalents: The people who make 'em don't actually use 'em. But as TechCrunch's Josh Constine notes, Facebook is on a mission to convert employees to Android, in hopes of collecting better testing data:

I’ve attained some photos of the vaguely propagandistic posters found around Facebook’s Menlo Park campus. The most telling one is a graph of the International Data Corporation’s projection for shipments of Androids vs iPhones. It shows Google’s OS getting bundled with twice as many devices as Apple’s by 2016. If Facebook can’t even out the ratio of iOS to Android-toting employees soon, it could end up neglecting the vast majority of its smartphone app users.

17 comments
masbg
masbg

Screw iPhone in android, imo windows phone ftw.

Lalalalis09
Lalalalis09

That explains why the FB for Android app is so horrible...

AlexKoontz
AlexKoontz

this following the toppling of @apple by the @galaxysIII. just following another market trend and trying to come out on top. however, as a person who has never paid apple a penny and loved every droid i have had, while i have spent only 200 dollars on phones in the era of smart phones; i love to say it, and i told you so.

FranticKL
FranticKL

@TIME @techland is facebook going 2 pay for folks to change their iphones for android? R they nuts?

hdmanila
hdmanila

Lot's of good things do come first on the ios platform because mainly that is where the money is...people get rich by riding the iPhones popularity...Apple got rich because a lot of people believed in their devices...they didn't provide you with the best gadget you can find in the market...they just made people believe that it is thru this campaigns of showing how huge their market shares are...this also goes for android...trying to win the market...it's business and evidently it all boils down to one simple fact...they want your money to go in their account. Business is business and that's the truth...Android or iPhone? Their just the same...it's just a matter of preference...I just can't see as to why iPhone users are dying to defend and justify that their most beloved iPhone is the best there is out there. Again...really funny.

hdmanila
hdmanila

Clearly you guys are affected of the issue of who's on top Android vs Apple...why is it so important for you to defend iPhones popularity of who has the largest market share??? Popularity contest perhaps? Funny really.

hdmanila
hdmanila

iPhone is just a fad...something people see as a status symbol of belonging to the higher class in the social hierarchy and people's natural urge to be famous, to belong or be fashionably "in".  Try selling iPhones for like $50 and see if they can retain their popularity...it's not the function people are after...it's really the "WOW FACTOR" of being able to afford one.

Halbrader
Halbrader

@TIME @Techland @angqueenie If Facebook wants it then you know it’s shit.

ianr905
ianr905

This may be slightly off topic, but the lemming response to all Apple releases never ceases to amaze me. Why would anyone line up to buy a more expensive iPhone which is clearly inferior to the Samsung or the Nokia?

mikeyonmute
mikeyonmute

@TIME @Techland too bad the iPhone version still ain't perfect

mikeyonmute
mikeyonmute

@TIME @Techland I don't even have to read it. They want em to use their crappy version so they'll work on it better blah blah blah

JonChai
JonChai

"be one factor which helps explain why Android apps often aren't as nice as their iOS equivalents" huh what? 

Rocwurst
Rocwurst

The thing is, it's not just Silicon Valley which boasts the Marketshare that matters.

Worldwide, Android does not have the largest Marketshare where it counts - actual usage.

IBM reports that the iPad has a massive 88.3% share of all online tablet e-commerce and the iPhone has 58% larger share of mobile e-commerce than all Android devices (phones and tablets combined).

Rich Relevance confirms that the iPad has 90% share of e-commerce revenue.

Opera reports that iOS has captured 41% of all mobile ad traffic and generates 64% of all mobile ad revenue.

iOS has between 2-3x the web browser share of Android according to just about all web Analytics figures.

OnSwipe reports the iPad has 98.1% of all tablet ad traffic.

Distimo reports that iOS developers make 4x the revenue of Android developers

Now which platform would you choose if your platform relied on web browsing, ad income and mobile e-commerce?

ccocca
ccocca

"This may be one factor which helps explain why Android apps often aren't as nice as their iOS equivalents: The people who make 'em don't actually use 'em."

Good pt. Maybe also part of why lots of things come out on iOS before Android.  With those IDC projections, that should change.  I don't quite understand why so many people love the iPhone or the iOS.

TyrantKing
TyrantKing

The facebook android app is awful. I've dumped it completely in favor of Fast for Facebook.

Rocwurst
Rocwurst

@ianr905

Because maybe, shock, horror, it isn't inferior in most of the ways that actually matter...

There has to be a reason that iOS devices obliterate Android in all the usage stats - web browsing, e-commerce, dev income, ad traffic, ad revenue, app downloads, number of developers...