Over this last summer, Facebook had a really rocky update to its iOS application when they tried shifting everything away from HTML5. They’ve said that focusing on HTML5 was a mistake for their mobile applications at the TechCrunch Disrupt event. Zuckerberg promised that we would all be seeing better native applications (along with an Android version at some point in the future), and that mobile was going to have a extremely huge part of the company as they moved forward. Mark Zuckerberg went so far as to say that Facebook was basically now a mobile company and that he is expecting mobile revenue to surpass what they’re earning off of the desktop in the very near future. On a different note, Zuckerberg reiterated that they would not be working on any sort of Facebook handset and that their strategy is still to get Facebook onto every platform out there.
Personally, I am very glad that Zuckerberg admited that their Android app was basically a piece of junk. I’ve used the application over and over again with it constantly crashing and bugging out on me. That said, it’s great to see that the company is looking into making the Android application native as opposed to HTML5. It’s also quite nice to see that they aren’t making a new handset. I don’t think that they’re really even in the position to make their own handset, at least not yet. If they did make one, I could imagine it being a lot like Windows Phone. Who knows though.
Are you happy with the current HTML5 version of Facebook’s Android app? Do you think that any improvements need to be made or should have been made a long time ago? Hopefully when Facebook switches over to the native framework it’ll fix most of the issues that the application is having. As for you developers though, do you think that HTML5 is a good way to go? We know Adobe dropped flash and went straight into HTML5 for mobile, but haven’t really seen any good results with that.
What do you think is the right way to go when it comes to HTML5 and a native framework? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your opinion on the matter!
source: android central