Facebook asks employees to use Android devices

Nov 26, 2012, 11:10 AM EST
Thomas Richter, Samsung's Head of Portfolio Management, Telecommunications Europe, presents Samsung's new tablet device, the 'Galaxy Tab' during a press conference at the 50th edition of the 'IFA' on September 2, 2010 in Berlin. The Galaxy Tab has a seven-inch (17.8-centimetre) touchscreen, slightly smaller than the iPad's 9.7 inches, and uses Google's Android 2.2 operating system. IFA, the world's largest consumer electronics and home appliances fair opens to the public from September 3 to 8, 2010.
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In an attempt to overhaul its much-criticized mobile app for the Android platform, Facebook has started urging employees to use Android-based devices so they can better understand the users for which they create software. The company's administration feels that having its developers personally use the actual devices for which they code is a vital step in improving its application.