Facebook Tells Employees to Ditch iPhones for Android

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Have an iPhone and work for Facebook? If you're part of chief product officer Chris Cox's team, you may be switching to Android. He's forcing a substantial portion of his team to switch to Android so they can essentially eat their own dog food—and because it's the only way he can get them to not use an iPhone.

Facebook tells some employees, Facebook tells some employees, "No iPhone for you!"

Mr. Cox told reporters,

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.

His reasoning behind the decision isn't anti-iPhone; instead, it's about getting his staff familiar with the dominant smartphone platform in emerging markets. Mr. Cox needs his staff to be "reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today," according to Wired.

His argument makes sense considering Facebook wants to be the go-to platform on all mobile devices, whether they run iOS or Android OS. If his staff only knows iPhone, they won't be as well equipped to make the Facebook experience better on other platforms.

It's good to see Mr. Cox isn't forcing all of his team to ditch their iPhones because there are plenty of issues to address there, like vampire battery sucking.

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The big takeaway is that you have to force people to give up their iPhones for Android.

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Odd. They can’t get the iOS version right, so they’re just abandoning it? Or do they think the battery draining “fix” they released last week was all they needed to do for iOS?
Things must be pretty bad on the Android side if the CPO has to force people to experience the bugs.

Lee Dronick

He is the reason that there is now a middle finger emoticon


“dominant smartphone platform in emerging markets”

Hmm, iPhone did pretty well in China recently. Maybe android crap is dominant now, but even emerging markets want phones to work and work well…


Memo except Chris Cox to FB minions:

‘To all staff. I have good news and bad news.

‘The bad news is that you’re swapping your iPhones for Androids - the cheap emerging market variant.

‘The good news is that the floggings will continue until morale improves.

‘Have a nice day’.


Good grief. I am literally speechless. :/

Russ Hilton

This is not a new thing in industry. At least one of the three American auto makers required that all their employees drive their make of car if they wanted to work for this auto maker. I have a question, is there anyone who works for Apple that would rather use an Android phone and if so, will Apple allow them to use an Android?

In reality, I doubt that any Apple employee would rather use an Android. This would be like saying that anyone who has ever had a Mac would rather use the Microsoft new desktop.

Paul Goodwin

Hahaha wab95, on the floggings.

They really have never gotten the Safari version of FB right for iOS. I prefer it to the app. Now it’ll be even less right.

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