Facebook Begging Employees to Switch From iPhones to Android

by Roy Choi | November 25, 2012

Facebook, primarily distributed iPhones to employees, rather than Android devices, however that trend seems to shifting as more consumers are using Android devices. Now Facebook is looking to catch up to Android adoption rates. With Android expected to outpace iOS 2 to 1 by 2016, the push is to at least balance the user rates internally.  A big part of the push is to get more insight in to the Android experience. Facebook often places its iOS app as a bigger priority and pushes out apps more regularly than iOS.

Facebook hopes to even out the user base within the company and get better testers for “droidfooding” versions of Android. It wasn’t Facebook’s intent to give out iPhones (and only iPhones) to its employees, but it was more a matter of convenience and “best” devices available and at the start of the program iPhones out-paced Android devices.  As each version of Android has become more stable than its predecessor, so has the popularity of Android.  The test version of Android is equipped with a quick reporting feature called “Rage Shake” where if you experience any issues or bugginess, you simple shake the Android device and in turn the device sends the phones data to Facebook’s developers to handle.

So it looks like Android users will soon see better apps come out from Facebook.


Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...