A large number of Facebook employees are forced not to use iPhones and switching to Android smartphones. They are doing it under strict instructions from chief product officer of Facebook, Chris Cox.
Chris Cox said, I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone.
martphone entry in the U.S. and Europe has reached a saturation point, Device assumption is increasing in places like India, where users prefer low-cost Android Smartphones. Facebook has applied a no-iPhone policy for key engineers in its product team so they experience what using the social network is like for ‘most’ users.
The Chief product officer Chris Cox informed a large meeting of reporters at the Facebook Headquarters at Menlo Park and several others hooked in via video conference that this move is not an indicator of Facebook’s newfound love for Android or argument against Apple.
It is not cleared that how many Facebook employees are being forced to make the switch to Android, but Cox reportedly wants a good portion of his team on the Google OS. According to Google’s most recent update last month, Android now has 1.4 billion active users.Chris cox called it a ‘practical decision’ because he wants Facebook employees to use their service on the platform that is being used by the majority of people around the world. Facebook, already has a large database of 1.5 billion people, is now looking to add even more users throughout the world. The majority of these people live in developing countries where Android is the most popular mobile operating system.