Facebook Inc has a poor track record with its Android app as users complain about performance issues and the app sucking up a considerable amount of battery. This led Facebook’s Chief Product Officer – Chris Cox – to take the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones in favor of Android devices till the issue is sorted. But, the issue it seems, still persists.
Facebook’s Android app drains battery, slows speed
Owing to the problems, Android blogger Russell Holly dumped the app. This started a chain reaction, which helped in bringing up interesting facts about the app’s performance. Holly revealed that the experience of using an Android device was much better without a Facebook app.
This prompted Reddit user (pbrandes_eth) to test the impact the app had on the performance of an LG G4. The user noticed that the other apps on smartphone launched 15% faster when the Facebook Inc and Facebook Messenger apps were uninstalled. The Reddit user put 15 separate apps to test and documented the findings.
Such findings, led other Reddit users to test other devices, and they found similar results. It seems that the Android device users not only save battery, but also speed up their devices by uninstalling the Facebook apps.
Android device owners can use several substitutes to access Facebook’s mobile site, like Metal. They can also opt for using Facebook within Chrome on Android phone. It offers a similar experience as using an app because the recent updates have enabled notifications for actions, chats and other features from Facebook even in the background, says a report from the Guardian.
Android version of Live soon
Facebook recently expanded its offering for streaming live video. Late last year, the firm began testing a ‘Live’ feature, and last week it became available to the iOS users. Users will now be able to broadcast live to viewers at the social network with the help of this feature that digitally records and saves the streams in a broadcaster Facebook timeline just like posted video.
In a blog post, Facebook product manager, Vadim Lavrusik, said, “It has been inspiring to see all the ways that people have used Live to connect with their friends and family. We’re excited to expand the ability to share live video to everyone in the US via iPhone, and we plan to start rolling this out to the rest of the world over the coming weeks.”
Last year, Facebook Inc invited public figures to use Live, which is “like having a television studio in your pocket,” as per Lavrusik. The firm will soon come up with an Android version of Live for smartphones.
At 10.50 am EST, Facebook shares were up over 2% at $114.51. Year to date, the stock is up over 9%.