Facebook orders employees to switch to Android


Facebook’s chief product officer has had enough of workers preferring the iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Facebook has a problem of iPhone love: too many of its employees prefer Apple’s device when given the chance between an iPhone and Android smartphone. This means that up until now, far less workers have been able to truly live in an Android environment where they can identify bugs within Facebook and fix them. Now, the chief product officer is changing that by ordering some employees to switch to Android.

“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,” said Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox during a briefing.

He considers it harmful that so many people on the team aren’t using what happens to be the most popular operating system in the world. Android has particular prominence in developing and low-income countries. By switching some workers to Android, Cox wants to enable his team in a way “so that they can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today.”

The move is part of a larger effort to get Facebook employees on the same page as its users. Facebook recently announced a new tradition within the company called 2G Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, when Facebook employees come into work, their phones ask them if they want to experience 2G speeds for an hour. This way, they can be more in touch with parts of the world where 4G LTE and even 3G isn’t available, and can figure out how to speed up the Facebook app for these users.

Having workers switch to Android is a pretty wise decision on Cox’s part. There’s no bias in doing so, just a strong desire to improve Facebook for users who favor the platform.