“The launch of Facebook’s Home layer on Android appears to have been a flop, with relatively low installation rates and even lower user ratings on Google Play thus far,” Kevin Bostic reports for AppleInsider. “Now, some observers are blaming an unlikely candidate: Apple’s iPhone.”
“The popularity of Apple’s iPhone among Facebook’s personnel is one big reason the social network’s power grab on the Android platform has sputtered so far, notes TechCrunch,” Bostic reports. “Facebook, it’s presumed, simply doesn’t have enough dedicated Android users to know what works best on Google’s mobile operating system.”
MacDailyNews Take: That would be free malware.
Bostic reports, “Facebook employees reportedly admitted that many of the testers for Home were normally iPhone users and thus were unable to see anything wrong with the changes Home made to a user’s Android handset. These included changes like doing away with widgets, removing the dock for oft-used apps, and keeping users from creating app folders. ”
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