Facebook Talks Apps, Regrets Going HTML 5 Instead Of Native

For as much talk as we hear from the likes of Mozilla with its Firefox OS that HTML5-based apps are the wave of the future, not everyone feels the same. Facebook, for one, is now looking back on the past couple years of having web-based versions of its mobile app as wasted time, and now intends on righting that wrong with the release of proper, native versions of its app.

We’ve already seen the company start to head in this direction last month, with an update to its iOS app written in native code, but Android has yet to make the switch. When it does, Facebook will build off the existing iOS codebase.

There’s no ETA for such a release just yet, but Mark Zuckerberg sounds particularly enthusiastic about it. As far as native code use goes, Zuckerberg describes Facebook as “betting completely on it”, at least from this point out.

Considering the user complaints we’ve heard about the performance of the current Facebook app, we’re sure that the arrival of a speedier, and hopefully more user-friendly release will be a welcome addition.

Source: The Verge

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