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.
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.
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