Facebook Asks Employees To “Switch” To Android Phones

As Facebook readies its rewritten native Android app to the public, Facebook is encouraging more of its employees to use Android devices instead of the iPhone by putting up posters all over its campus. Facebook’s goal—get all its employees to test its Android app for bugs.

The campaign is called “droidfooding,” and is derived from the term “dogfooding,” which refers to when company employees use their own products. 

Facebook says that until recently it gave most of its employees iPhones—a decision which has left very few testers for its Android app. TechCrunch’s Josh Constine writes:

While the default choice for what phone employees got used to be an iPhone, a Facebook spokesperson tells me that now “We don’t encorage one device over another. We let employees choose.” When I asked what the breakdown of iOS to Android users is in the company, Facebook’s spokesperson admitted “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.”

While the posters ask employees to “switch” to Android phones, most employees have taken the middle way and started carrying both the iPhone and an Android device. This, sort of, backs what MG Siegler says about many Facebook employees preferring iPhone over Android:

why is it that Facebook has to hang these flyers throughout the campus to get employees to test Android builds? Josh sort of leads it in the way that Facebook itself pushed iPhones ahead of Android phones early on, but I’m not sure I’m buying that. I know a lot of folks who work at a lot of different companies in the Bay Area. Aside from the ones that work at Google (and including a surprising number of the people there) almost all seem to use iPhones as their primary device.

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With nearly 4000 employees doing testing, Facebook hopes to squash bugs present in the beta builds of its Android apps through an internal bug reporting tool. The tool, named “rage shake,” submits a bug report to Facebook’s servers when the phone is shaken violently.

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Facebook recently completed a massive rewrite of its iOS app, making it completely native as opposed to a combination of HTML5 and native. This rewrite gave a huge performance boost to app. Its Android app, however, still carries the older HTML5 code, though a native rewrite is rumored to be released soon.

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  • http://facebook.com/drew.eastman Drew Eastman

    Feels like the iPhone backlash and has really begun … Sad really would have not happened with Steve being around !
    So Apple being used by Samsung for coming up with their plastic crap .. and then loads of Anti Press now bearing ‘fruit’ will soon make Apple a rich niche player again!
    And an iPhone 5S will certainly not bring back the herd ..
    The list of So so updates is getting longer ..
    Lets hope 2013 will make iOS,, iPhone, iPad and the rest more the way we expect them to be .. Mind blowers !

  • Chris

    Facebook or no Facebook, Apple is going down.

  • r00tcracker

    They should start fixing the awful iOS app instead of doing all this crap.

  • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

    Yes, that HTML5 is terrible, I was just using Facebook for Android and when I was scrolling down the timeline really fast it would become really pixelated, terrible!

  • Skinny

    I Wont Switch even they Paid me to switch LOL Androids is not for me or Not for most People

  • Lhat63

    I have both an android and an iPad, I find that I use the web browser on the iPad to use Facebook, the native app is not as good.

  • What?

    After updating to the newest facebook, it won’t even open on my ipad 3……

  • cazzulati

    how is begging people to use android a sign of ios backlash? it seems quite the opposite to me.

  • Galaxy

    Android getting stronger day by day. Iphone n ipad still the same old features…only proud n arrogant for Retina n processor nothing else….really boring!

  • moe22

    most android users probably don’t know what jailbreaking is.