Facebook wants more employees using Android

"In the early days, we gave employees iPhones primarily."

Those are the words of an unnamed Facebook spokesperson. As the number of Android running smartphones continues to rise, Facebook is urging its employees to switch from iPhones to Android devices and start dogfooding their own apps for Google’s mobile OS.

In case you don’t know, dogfooding basically means eating your own dog food. It’s a slang term used to describe a scenario where companies use their own product to demonstrate the quality and capabilities of the product. Facebook has dubbed their campaign ‘Droidfooding.’

Facebook’s HQ is now plastered with posters asking their employees to “switch today.” This is due to the gap in the number of employees using the iPhone over an Android device. The ultimate goal is to get a fair proportion of the company testing its Android apps and devising what could be done with the OS’ flexibility.

The same Facebook spokesperson gave his or her opinion on the handset usage within the company:

We don’t encourage one device over another. We let employees choose. I don’t have a ratio but with the early focus on our iPhone app and the multi-year cycle of carrier contracts we do have more iPhones deployed.

With the campaign starting to gain some traction, Facebook themselves chimed in on the situation:

We’ve created more awareness that Android devices are available. There’s plenty of people here carrying around both devices, and not just engineers and not just mobile people.

Facebook then make their employees use the most recent beta version of apps like Facebook For Android and Facebook Messenger. If they run into a problem, they can report the bug through the bug reporting feature Facebook build into its internal beta builds. Called ‘Rage Shake’, the reporting feature allows an employee to enthusiastically shake their phone and the current state is then automatically logged and details sent to Facebook’s mobile buq-squashers. The same functionality is available to both iOS and Android app testers.

With 4,000 testers, Facebook is able to maximise the number of bugs reported using this, more simple method of reporting issues. Although how many of those 'rage shakes' are due to the user just being angry at their phone?!

It should be noted that it is Microsoft themselves that develop and publish the Facebook app for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Whether or not they have a ‘Rage Shake’ bug reporting feature remains a mystery!

Source and images: TechCrunch

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Maybe if they stopped buying their employees brand new smart phones all the time (and increased their salaries by the difference) they would just have a more diverse and representative mix of cell phones.

I can tell you from experience that everything Facebook crashes and burns horribly on relatively old iPhones. Clearly no one at Facebook is still using one.

Geez, its bad enough for religion to tell u what you watch/listen too without large companies telling you to the device 'they' want!!! Freedom of choice!!

They have an over saturation of iOS devices and want more people using android? Nothing wrong there.

They aren't saying the employees need to have a droid as their primary device, rather they should use them to test their software. The more people testing the more cohesive and accurate feedback they will get to make a better app. Also since the droid ecosystem is large, having a larger pool of devices will give a more accurate view on how well the app runs across various versions and specs.

They'd need to be doing more testing. I find the app for Android to be "iffy" at best. Often times it just sticks at "loading" and the screen just stays blank until you hit back and then reload again.

The one time I had a lapse in good sense I tried using facebook. I installed the app and every opportunity it had it would prompt me to copy my contacts from my phone.
Erm NO!
But it would not give up and kept trying, also it was a horrible app, I don't know what the iphone version is like but I would hope it was better

NeoPogo said,
Time to close my Facebook account...

Over better android support?
Not saying not a variety of reason's to quite FB however, just surprised over this one.

morden said,
so you should switch 'cos there are more android phones shipping than iphones? lol, and some call apple fans 'isheep'

Yeah, because when you have far more Android devices than iOS devices you need to devote more effort to Android testing than iOS testing.

Welcome to Software Engineering 101. Facebook creates software for devices. Novel concept, eh?

Lord Method Man said,

Yeah, because when you have far more Android devices than iOS devices you need to devote more effort to Android testing than iOS testing.

Welcome to Software Engineering 101. Facebook creates software for devices. Novel concept, eh?

my problem is that the android facebook app is crap even by android standards while the ios app kinda does what it needs to... what the "switch today" poster does not say that the problem is the diversity of android hardware and really, who in their right mind would switch from a good and usable phone like an iphone to a crappy little plastic toy like low cat droids?

morden said,

a good and usable phone like an iphone

I'm going to be laughing hysterically for the next 10-12 hours so forgive me if I'm slow to respond to any future comments.

Lord Method Man said,

I'm going to be laughing hysterically for the next 10-12 hours so forgive me if I'm slow to respond to any future comments.

please feel free to take your time

morden said,

who in their right mind would switch from a good and usable phone like an iphone to a crappy little plastic toy like low cat droids?

You talk about iSheep in your first post, and then make a statement like this. You embody everything that is horrible about iSheep. And before you consider me an android fanboy, you should know that I have owned multiple iPhones and have even recommended them to family and friends based on their needs in a device.

morden said,

my problem is that the android facebook app is crap even by android standards while the ios app kinda does what it needs to... what the "switch today" poster does not say that the problem is the diversity of android hardware and really, who in their right mind would switch from a good and usable phone like an iphone to a crappy little plastic toy like low cat droids?


Except there are many Android phones that are better than the iPhone. Stop trolling.

morden said,

my problem is that the android facebook app is crap even by android standards while the ios app kinda does what it needs to... what the "switch today" poster does not say that the problem is the diversity of android hardware and really, who in their right mind would switch from a good and usable phone like an iphone to a crappy little plastic toy like low cat droids?

Wow, had a bad day at nursery school?

Your ignorace is unbelievable, whether you prefer Apple or Android products is simply a personal preference, each has benefits and disadvantages and to pedge loyalty to one or the other is simply idiotic, there is only what is right for you at any one time.

People like you should be banned from the internet, you bring nothing to it but stupidity.