Facebook Use on Mobile Web Beats iOS & Android Apps Combined, According to Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, Russian traveler, recently sat down for an interview with The Today Show’s Matt Lauer. Although that interview won’t be airing until Thursday, October 4th, Today’s Digital Life gives us a small peek into what the two talked about.
And already, we see that Zuckerberg said something interesting about the Facebook mobile ecosystem.
According to Zuckerberg, mobile web is the hotbed of Facebook activity. In fact, he said that more Facebook users around the world access the site via mobile web than by the iOS and Android apps combined.
Here’s the full quote for context (Lauer asked him about the iPhone 5):
iPhone is a great platform. There are more people who use Facebook on Android — because Android is just — more people use it, at this point. And the thing that I think a lot of people don’t think about is that there are actually more people in the world using Facebook on mobile Web, right, so not using the apps on iOS or Android, but actually just going to a browser on a phone. There are more people doing that than the iPhone and all of Android phones combined, right? So it’s actually a pretty diverse ecosystem.
Translation: Mobile web is HUGE for Facebook moving forward.
That message sometimes gets lost in the clamor surrounding Facebook’s apps for iOS and Android. Of course, both have been much-maligned in the past with claims of slow, clunky, crash-prone, and generally terrible functionality. In August, Facebook for iOS got a massive update that finally brought some speed and stability to the app.
With that app, Facebook abandoned HTML-5 and built entirely on Objective-C.The Next Web]