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Facebook Overhauls Android App For Emerging Countries
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Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
6/20/2014 | 3:09:10 PM
Very smart ...
Unless one thinks the US is going to get its spectrum act together (haha) this has implications beyond the developing world.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/20/2014 | 5:11:23 PM
I'll tell you why it uses so much memory and bandwidth
Did they cut off that ridiculous data gathering function where the app listens to background sound for key sounds for "data collection and research purposes"? Does anyone really believe the app is not set up to record everything if some government agency tells facebook to flip the switch?


I disabled that function in my facebook app by muting my mic and my facebook app and the speed increase was amazing. Seems like most of the data and processing is going to data collection rather than providing the fucntion they claim now.


Nice app on Goggle Play called Mute Mic that will put a stop to their privacy bending ways.


User Rank: Ninja
6/21/2014 | 7:23:54 AM
Emerging Markets
The value that is created by the internet and social media through disseminating information is undeniable, and in emerging markets information can play a vital role in helping the economy to gain a higher growth rate, but the dynamics of hardware changes in emerging markets due to economics. The playing field that enables information transfer goes from Quad-cores to single cores and 2GB of ram to 512MB, etc., due to the fashion in which technology progresses, in 2 years or so, these economies will have hardware that is currently, considered standard in developed markets. 

It is also interesting to view old apps (their evolution and capability) from the period when single core was considered standards, as it helps in limiting and disabling unnecessary features.  
User Rank: Ninja
6/21/2014 | 8:08:30 PM
Re: Very smart ...
Good point, @Lorna, if developers continue to make more apps assuming there will always be more and more bandwidth available, we'll have issues in the future. While the bandwidth might be there, it is nice to see a developer looking at ways to optimize performance and reduce overhead.
User Rank: Ninja
6/23/2014 | 10:26:36 AM
Net Neutrality
I wonder if moves like this are also designed to help counter potential future issues with net neutrality. Of course Facebook would be able to fit the bill for increased bandwidth for its applications and users, but I wonder if keeping the app small and efficient is simply good future proofing in a world where you may have to pay through the nose to get your information at a decent speed.

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