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Facebook’s Android App So Awful They’re Now “Dogfooding” it to Employees

According to Business Insider, execs at Facebook are no longer tolerating the “sub-par” excuse for an application that is known as Facebook for Android. As we all know, it’s bad. Slow doesn’t even begin to describe it. But I for one had no idea it was this bad. While the iPhone’s version has just gone native, allowing for greater performance than ever before, we as Android users have been driven to just use our mobile web browsers to update our statuses. Come on, Zuck!

Apparently, Facebook developers are in some cases being forced to leave their beloved iOS-driven devices for that of an Android. Only then, by truly seeing how awful the app is in daily usage, will the developers fix the issues surrounding the application. I for one am all for this treatment of developers. You pay their rent and give them fantastic benefits as employees, now make them deliver a good application.

Via: Business Insider

Cheers Nick!

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  • AkPan

    It is about time someone addresses this issue……. The Facebook App for Andriod is so bad. I wait until I get to me Laptop to check in

  • Force Closes all the time now 🙁

  • JulianZHuang

    android fanboy use G+.

  • Devator22

    I honestly don’t get what is so bad about the facebook app. It used to be trash, but recent updates have mostly fixed it. It is fine for my daily use. Maybe I am doing it wrong?

  • Dw_astor

    never used fb. thought it was behind the curve from the start. I think 95%+ of posts are to appeal to the need for vanity, same need fulfilled by diaries before the internet, but published for others to see. Incidentally, that’s what the original form of blogs are for…

  • Droidfan

    What a sad company FB has become. No wonder the value of its stock is dropping like a rock.

  • nightscout13

    Back when i had my Droid 1, the facebook app seemed fine, but then they starting optimizing, and refining, and turned it into garbage!

  • Facebook — LawL

  • Hussien

    Facebook for android is too bad to be on our beloved awesome phones and tablets running on the most epic OS “ANDROID”

  • Jon

    Idk, i’ve used the iphone version of facebook and it’s just as bad

    • George264

      Try the one that came out today. Oh man, tried it on my iPad. DAMN, it’s good. Really fast. Finally weren’t lying when they said it’s two times faster. In my experience it seems WAYYY faster than 2x. I can stop using the browser for it now. But still browser on my Rezound ):

  • There are so many people with Facebook that it will be hard for everybody to make the switch.

  • Scott in MA

    I just got a Nexus 7 and posted about it on FB and got responses but could not find it in my time line, even when accessed from my desktop. Now I see this. Hmmm. Hopefully something better comes soon.

  • xbadz

    FFS you work for one of the biggest tech/web companies in the world, probably getting paid obnoxious amounts of money with great benefits to boot, and you have to be forced to do your job well?

    <— Software developer willing to do my job without whining or pressure from management. When hired, I do my job because well, that's what I'm hired to do. Feel free to contact me about job opportunities.

  • cb2000a

    Facebook devs use IoS devices…no wonder it’s so bad. Google+ is the future.

    • prohetc

      the future is going to be bad if that happens , google + is a ghost town

  • how do you use emoji w/ this new update?

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Twitter and instagram is all I need

  • Droid4LifeDawg

    If FB wants a stand alone app, they should talk with “Friendcaster” it is the best FB app out, but you also have Flipboard and my new Best App “Scope” All three are excellent on the G-Nex, and N7.

  • Jarrod Hinson

    I use flipboard app it works way better than Facebook app.

  • JoeyO

    I realized that the FB app was terrible and the browser version was much more usable (which isn’t saying a whole lot) over a year ago. Glad the FB employees finally came to the same realization.

  • J. Gilbertson

    Timeline doesn’t work well, if at all on tablets. On my tablet if I go to someone’s page all I usually see is their wall. no option to see about/info/pictures/ect… Don’t just strip them of their iphones… strip them of their iPads! Get some phones AND tablets! Far different user experience for tablets than of phones and in a bad way.

  • brando56894

    This is a wonderful idea, I’ve constantly had to switch between the Facebook app and Friendcaster Pro for the past 6-12 months. Hopefully I will finally just be able to use one or the other in the future.

  • carlisimo

    This doesn’t make sense to me. If they were using iPhones or iPads before, then they were suffering under a terrible Facebook iOS app for a very, very long time before doing anything about it. Seriously, the iOS app was as bad or worse than the Android app, but they still didn’t have any sense of urgency to rewrite it.

  • Just use G+, G+ on android is greater than facebook ever.

    • The problem is our Facebook friends and family aren’t on G+

  • LLcdPH

    I’ve given up on FB too. Mostly for 16 year-old girls.

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  • Derkk

    I think the devs were just holding on for Zuck to by them new real phones instead of using their iPhones. Now they are all getting S3s or One X’s and have new stellar phones, so we’ll see some real FB app improvements.

  • Plasticky

    I bet they fix it quick so they can get to the new iPhone when it comes out in a few weeks! Sorry, had to.

  • Lucky Armpit

    If I had Facebook I might care more. I’m probably one of the 10 people on the planet who doesn’t have a Facebook account. The only upside to this, as someone already posted, is that FB devs can now use a superior OS to iSheep. They might have died a little on the inside, lol. Such is the life of a dedicated Sheeper.

  • I think the apps biggest issue is optimization. It works fairly well on my S3, but less powerful phones have major issues.

  • Tim Burt

    I think it great they’re making them put down the iPhones and actually experience the train wreck that is Facebook for Android.

  • I just updated the app today thinking it would improve but just make it worse cause now I cant even see my own feeds or my timeline when viewing my own profile page.


  • jim

    facebook on a tablet is really awful, you can only see half a pic until you click on it

  • SilverUberXeno

    Best part about this topic… hover mouse over the picture.

    “upset dog”


  • qbix

    Android in general is treated as a second class citizen. How many times have we seen straight ports of iphone apps that perform horribly? Also, how many times have we waited for a popular app or platform to make an Adroid app available while iphone users were enjoying exclusivity all along? Having said that, Facebook really doesn’t have any excuses. They are the leading social network and have all the money in the world to make an outstanding Android app. It’s almost like they choose not to.

    • Trueblue711

      Exactly. If they have a billion to waste on Instagram, they can hire more devs to fix the Android app.

    • MicroNix

      I got rid of the facebook app when I found it using over 100 meg of memory with it CLOSED. That appears to have been their “speed” fix in that last major release. Yeah, just leave the whole damn thing and all of your newsfeed in memory…..and the thing is STILL a POS. I went to friendcaster thinking it would be better, which it is, but for the performance, you pay with frequent errors. WTF can be so hard about displaying effin text and pictures??????? G+ kills it!

    • Core Rooted

      Yeah, but you have to take into account that Facebook is in direct competition with Google (specifically G+). While I agree with you that they should be looking at themselves as a social networking leader and really focus on being platform agnostic, the truth of the matter is that they are going to always lean heavily toward iOS as they have a common enemy in Google.

  • TheDudeman

    I’ve been using Friendcaster Pro for quite some time now, and it is far superior to the official Facebook App. Maybe they should fire their developers and hire the guys responsible for that app.

    • TheWenger

      Still tons of bugs in Friendcaster though. Perhaps the problem is with Facebooks API?

      • brando56894

        I would assume that’s the problem.

    • brando56894

      That was my solution also, but half the time I get “Friendcaster received an invalid response from Facebook” or the dreaded double status updates from everyone or it will just restart the whole news feed when I get to a certain update (ex. 1 to 24 status updates and then at the 24th it will show number 1 again). I tend to switch between the two.

      • Core Rooted

        I find that usually the double status issue is due to FB having issues in general. Just this morning, I was sending triple comments in the browser. I decided to get on FC and had the same issue there.

        Given that FC is really just a veneer over FB’s horrible API, I can’t really point the finger at FC for the problems.

        I foresee Facebook going along the lines of Twitter soon and just shutting all the 3rd party developers out eventually.

        • brando56894

          Yea, I emailed the FC devs a little while ago and they said that it was a problem with FC reauthenticating with facebook. So essentially FC acts stupid because the facebook API sucks.

  • Knlegend1

    You would think Team Zuck would be all about Android.

  • Aaryn Kruger

    FriendCaster FTW!! Took FB off my N7 and SIII last month and my phones have never run better!

  • zizzybaloobah

    It’s about time. This latest update gives me new features I never really use, meanwhile I can’t do basic things like share others’ posts — it is supposed to be a social network after all.

  • nightscout13

    Fine by me, I am free of my Facebook chains for 6 months now.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Congrats. Do you have a sponsor?

      • Yep, I have a number of them actually. Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Captain Morgan and Admiral Absinthe just to name a few.

        • brando56894

          What about Sailor Jerry? 😀

      • nightscout13

        Well they say you need to replace one addiction with another, for me it has been Droid-Life, Phandroid, Engadget, and Wired.

  • I don’t get it. To punish them for making a crappy app, they’re giving them better phones?

    On a serious note, I hope that this drives them to fix it.

    • TheDrizzle

      The punishment was having to use the awful app they created. They just needed Android phones to that.

      • JoshuaNewsome

        I see them just using the browser and calling it a day…
        How about the radical idea of making all but the most sensitive parts available to the community; we’ll have it fixed in a couple days! 😛

      • ChrisTraeger1

        And that’s the drizzle

  • NemaCystX

    This yet again proves that even developers are bias against other platforms even though they make money off all of them…

    • Core Rooted

      I agree with the statement, however…

      As a developer, I’ll tell you that being platform agnostic is a nightmare. The differences in compilers, languages and frameworks is staggering and would add additional weeks (if not months) to the development process. I typically code in four to five different languages (depending on the app I am working on) and I can tell you from experience, it gets overwhelming.

      Plus, you have to take into account that it’s not just two mobile OS’s. More like seven to ten different platforms to code to. Granted, Android and iOS claim the lion’s share of the market, there’s still Windows, Blackberry, Meego, Symbian, feature phones (which are typically just Brew), etc etc etc.

  • The fact that Facebook’s app developers don’t use Android for their daily driver phones should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever tried to use the FB app…

  • Now if only Hootsuite would do the same thing 🙁

  • Liderc

    They should be ashamed, worst app I’ve ever seen.

  • moelsen8

    the employees should be fired instead. the app is bad. i haven’t received a notification from it in a long, long, long time even though notifications are on. blows my mind.

  • jcastle482

    Forget Facebook, use G+

    • G+ is a happier place!

      We have cookies!

      • Quieter too. . . .

        • Andrew Remmers

          Generally more interesting

          • Dynamo

            if you’re interested in ghost town like social media sites

          • nightscout13

            Do you remember when facebook first became popular? people joined to get away from the craziness of Myspace. Now Facebook has turned into Myspace.

          • michael arazan

            Except FaceCrook owns everything you put on their site, like pics vids, what ever you say becomes the intellectual property of facebook. Also their hidden cookies they put on your pc’s that track every website you go to. F-Facebook

          • And google doesn’t track your web usage? Please.

          • Andrew Remmers

            My Google+ isn’t much of a ghost town, there is lots of very interesting information there, most of the time better than Facebook

    • John

      Not to mention the Google+ app is effin stellar.

    • I left Facebook a few days ago. G+ is nice, but it’s no substitute. THe main reason being that none of my friends use it.

      • jcastle482

        Just start using it as you would FB, your friends will follow.

        • Wish this were true. It is not.
          Source: tried it (even invited a ton of them back when it was invite-required).

          • jcastle482

            I just had to keep my friends engaged in it for a week or so, now most use it as their primary social network others still use it but it is their secondary.

      • quiklives

        Try circling people based on interests. I know staying in touch with your friends is a whole other issue, but honestly, your G+ experience itself will improve immensely once you get some interesting folks circled. I’ve had to scale my circles down to just the most engaging folks because it was more than I could hope to keep up with.

      • Moeyknight

        Get new friends.

        Seriously, G+ is awesome for that because you can find people based on mutual interest, not just whether you went to high school together or work with them.

        • brando56894

          Exactly. This was the catch 22 I (and most of my friends who I tried to convert to G+) was (were) in, eventually I started adding people that I have never met in real life but like the things that they posted.

        • nightscout13

          I don’t think people should choose friends for which social networking site they use. Seems like a poor decision process.

          • Nightscout13ex

            You’re just bitter because I broke up with you when you left Geocities!

      • Yup. I really have no desire to ‘follow’ or interact with people I’ve never met before on social media sites. I get enough of that from forums and blogs. I still use FB because I KNOW the people. I don’t have people listed as friends whom I’ve never met. I’m not into that. That’s my extent of social media.

    • kevin

      I seriously WANT to use G+ but it is kind of hard when I have literally no friends that want to transition from twitter or facebook to that site -_-

      • Moeyknight

        Use it to find some new friends, based on mutual interests. The search and hashtags make it great for that. 🙂

      • brando56894

        Use it as you would Twitter, that’s what I do, and I hated Twitter. Eventually you’ll find people with common interests whom you have never met in real life.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        So start by adding people from droid life. create a circle and go. circles are great for limiting who sees what. You know, in case you don’t want us to hear what you tell your parents/friends/etc

    • Better app with a better service. +1 for G+.

    • rodney11ride

      i cant get all my “friends” to switch. how did you do it!?! tell me man!

    • Paul N

      I use G+ for interesting thoughts from and interactions with intelligent people. I use Twitter to read witty nuggets from funny people. I use Facebook to find out that my aunt lol’ed at some stupid picture. Or to find out what my cousin ate for dinner.

    • JulianZHuang

      but i got no friend using it…. it’s like a ghost town for me.

  • When will they learn that iOS is a relic…time to move on to bigger/better things

    • So you understand then how the iOS FB app is superior or you don’t? Because the FB app on Android is the relic. I guess I nor the article can state that any more plainly for you.

      • Mr_Bucket

        I think his point was that Android is the superior OS and that they should be making development for Android their primary focus.

    • TheDrizzle

      Yes the OS is a relic. Unfortunately the apps for it still get preferential treatment because iOS is still so popular. Although, I’m not sure how iOS is still so popular with all the amazing things Android can do and how beautiful it is now and the better hardware, etc, etc.