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Facebook's forcing employees to switch from iPhone to Android

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While the iPhone might be a popular choice for wealthy westerners, Android is the most popular mobile platform globally by a long way.

That’s why Facebook’s chief product officer is forcing an unspecified number of his staff to abandon iOS for Android.

Speaking during a press briefing, Chris Cox confirmed his plans to get more Facebook employees using Google’s mobile operating system.

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,” said Cox, as reported by Wired.

It might seem like a strange move, but Cox is actually trying to help his staff have a better understanding of Facebook’s user-base.

After all, 82.8% of smartphones run Android compared to the 13.9% powered by iOS, as revealed by IDC data for Q2 2015.

According to Cox, he wants a healthy chunk of his staff to use Android “so that they can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today”.

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Despite sounding a bit wacky, it’s not the first time Facebook has tried to make its workforce more in sync with its global market.

Just last month, the company revealed a new in-house initiative called ‘2G Tuesdays’.

Every Tuesday, Facebook will throttle the internet speeds of its employees for exactly one hour.

The idea is that developers will get a better understanding of how people in third-world countries – where network infrastructure isn’t as nippy – experience Facebook.

Do you think Facebook should focus more efforts on Android? Let us know in the comments.

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chaosdefinesorder

November 2, 2015, 4:25 pm

Get them to use their Facebook app on an Android tablet while they're at it! Terrible UI...

Borkr

November 2, 2015, 5:31 pm

This is a good idea really but a bit draconian/authoritarian and sweeping of course but I guess Chris Cox felt this level of change was needed to reconnect developers with users.

I think the BBC should try this though, in fairness, they are doing a much better job supporting Android than they used to.

Restricting bandwidth is an inspired idea also. There's nothing quite like being in someone else's shoes (so to speak) in order to understand what their experience must feel like though 1 hr a week hardly seems enough to be little more than a temporary irritance.

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