In recent months Mark Zuckerberg’s disappointment in Facebook’s Android app has been no secret. In fact, to drive the point home to his team of developers, he forced them to switch from iOS to Android just to see how poorly the app performs. Now Zuck is acknowledging that the company’s decision to go with HTML5 early on resulted in a subpar experience and “burnt two years” of development.
At TechCrunch Disrupt, the Facebook founder says the social network will debut a native version of the app for Android soon, but added “it will be ready when it’s ready.” The app will ditch HTML5 completely and build off of the infrastructure of the iOS version of Facebook. Facebook for Android has improved in recent months, and has come along way since its early versions, but it continues to earn complaints from Android users everywhere. Going native, Zuckerberg hopes, will finally bring us the Facebook app we deserve. We do, too.