Facebook Tested Android Doomsday — And The Results Are Positive!
What if Facebook ever goes to war with Google, and the latter cuts the social media giant off from Play Store? Well, Facebook is said to have already run the tests to see how far it could go to get its Android users in such circumstances.
According to a report from The Information, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm sabotaged its mobile app in years past with errors that would cause it to crash for hours. The report however makes no mention of where the test took place and how many users were affected.
The person familiar with the tests told The Information that people “never stopped coming back,” which shows loyalty of its users despite issues. In fact, those who were afflicted by the secret errors for long periods started using mobile browser version of the website.
Facebook is currently the biggest app developer on Android, but it depends on Google for distribution. If someday the two companies get into spats over some issue, the social network’s presence on the platform could be hugely limited by the Android maker. Or, who knows Google eventually decides to charge Facebook for services like notifications, which depending on its billion users, could cost a lot.
Apparently, Google doesn’t seem to drop Facebook apps from the Play Store anytime soon. But still, if one day it does so, the tests indicate that it shouldn’t be a big issue for the social network.
In that case, Facebook could launch its own app store to allow users to manually download its apps and services. Alternatively, it could work directly with phone manufacturers to have its apps come preinstalled.
Source: The Information
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