Facebook No More Relying on HTML5 for its Mobile Apps. Native Android Code Will be Used
The official Facebook app for Android has been criticized by many due to it’s poor performance and lack of solid features. Countless attempts have been made to improve the apps performance through updates but so far the results still remain unsatisfactory. In a recent interview, Mark Zuckerberg announced a policy change that will lead to the expected improvements in the mobile apps area.
After having his developers use Facebook for Android just to see how bad it is, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference that the use of HTML5 for their mobile apps was a mistake. Zuckerberg believes that how his company will perform in the future will depend on mobile, where it is aiming to do much more than it has in the past. From now on only native code will be used for iOS and Android mobile apps, in future versions that will be available “soon”. The plans involve giving users a “quicker and more responsive experience.”
When asked about when the new mobile apps will be available, Zuckerberg said “it will be ready when it’s ready.” I think it is safe to assume that it will take some time till we see a Facebook version running on native Android code. Till then we’ll just have to rely on the well built third party apps that we have been relying on in the past. Here is what the official statement sounds like:
“The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 instead of native. We burnt two years. Native is going to be the approach. We’re betting completely on it, Native is going to be the approach that we go with for iOS and Android.” -Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook