Posts tagged Android

I’ve asked Facebook why they’ve made configuring the News Feed so difficult in the current mobile redesign and I’ll update this post if I get an answer. But even if only a minority of users want to read their News Feed in chronological order, and even if there are clear business reasons for the changes, that still doesn’t excuse the outright hostility Facebook is expressing to its users in the most recent “most recent” update. The redesign is a flipped middle finger aimed directly at users who just want to do the most natural thing anyone wants to do with a piece of software: configure it to serve their own interests.

But this is the game Facebook has always played. Routinely changing privacy defaults to make user information more public. Removing functionality from the core app to push users to other Facebook services. Transforming user likes into sponsored advertisements without asking permission from users. The only surprise about the latest design change is just how much effort Facebook went to hide the “Most Recent” option this time around. I’m puzzled as to why the company didn’t not just remove it all together. At least that would be honest.

This is the case with the Android app, too. I don’t mind, though: Facebook’s abysmal failure of ad placement in the mobile app (after all, why would I want to go to a seafood restaurant, in say, Memphis, TN?) gives me plenty of material to post here.

Changes to Android might disable some root apps

These sheeple don’t care if they have control over their cellphones or not.
I like to think that I’m indifferent to computer platforms, but this makes me clearer about sticking to Android, no matter what a mess the code tree is on the OS.

These sheeple don’t care if they have control over their cellphones or not.

I like to think that I’m indifferent to computer platforms, but this makes me clearer about sticking to Android, no matter what a mess the code tree is on the OS.

Hey, it popped up! I thought that they had deleted that post.
I take back some of what I said about Facebook.

Hey, it popped up! I thought that they had deleted that post.

I take back some of what I said about Facebook.

Android Fragmentation & Frustration

Finally, someone with some tech cred has confirmed what I have suspected about the turd that Samsung dropped on my phone: no one at Google is setting any standards or doing any code reviews of the different versions of Android. I seriously doubt that Samsung did any regression testing with this version of Android on my phone.

I’ve got a bone to pick with Samsung, as the last link shows. A couple of applications that I have on my phone seem to get high overhead and bloat out over the device’s resources kind of like Microsoft Office Extra Deluxe, 2015. One of them was Facebook v.1.9.4. I used to have a life event about deleting it from my phone on my FB page, griping about this flavor of Gingerbread and how awful the Facebook app was. I sent a link of that event to Samsung Support on a form they have on Facebook about a couple of weeks ago. Funny thing: that life event is gone from my FB page.

The only good thing that Samsung has done is to show me how to reboot my phone without having to pull the battery out of the back of it. Other wise, I don’t have any confidence left in Samsung to support their products through a life cycle of three years. I told Facebook all about it last night.

The Update to Facebook for Android runs Even Slower on My Phone

It’s like FB is trying to write bloatware.