Facebook Abandoning HTML5 to Speed Up iOS App

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Facebook engineers are completely rewriting the social network iOS app to make it faster. The app, which has been criticized by many users for being extremely slow, was built using the HTML5 Web-based programming language.

    It makes the app much easier for Facebook's engineers to port to other platforms like Android or Windows Mobile -- but it fails to take advantage of the iOS operating system.

    As a result, the app -- which is used for everything from posting status updates to checking in to restaurants -- is much slower than comparable apps written to be a native app from the bottom up. Facebook knows this and is giving the app a complete rewrite in Objective-C, turning it into a true iPhone app and making it much faster. Nick Bilton, reporting for The New York Times:
    According to Bilton, the new and improved Facebook app should be released next month.

    Facebook for iOS is available free from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Facebook Abandoning HTML5 to Speed Up iOS App
  2. DustyLBottoms macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2009
  3. Howardchief macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    I will never understand how Facebook takes so long to do a bad job only to take even longer to fix programming issues. Good grief.
  4. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I'm all for a faster app, but the current HTML5 one was wayyyyyyyyyy faster for me a few months ago than it has been recently, so it seems like something else has been going on with them. Even from a desktop browser, Facebook has been slower/glitchier lately than before.
  6. smokestack macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Just an aside, the Facebook app on Android is painfully slow as well. HTML5 may ensure compatibility with all platforms, but it doesn't seem to excel on any.
  7. SYale macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    My first iPad was an iPad 3. Since I'm kind of new to what it means for an app to be integrated (Twitter), what does it mean for FB to be integrated come iOS6? Does it allow the app to run smoother, etc.? This is cool news though because I typically use Safari for FB rather than their app, haha.
  8. illegalprelude macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    If its anything like the Facebook Camera app, then I'm all in. That app is super slick and damn fast.
  9. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA

    ABOUT FRIGGEN TIME. :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Having 3k+ Facebook "friends" and this HTML5 nasty has produced a HORRIBLE experience. As an app developer myself, I have never understood how the Facebook QA team was okay with such a horrible user experience. :confused:
  10. koolmagicguy macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2012
    New York
    Facebook and Twitter integration are key features of iOS 6. From the notifications center you'll be able to post a status on Facebook or tweet a tweet. (Does that sound funny to anyone else?) Also, in iOS 6 it's easier to share webpages and even links to apps on the App Store through the share button in Safari and the App Store.
  11. 1080p macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Damn... with so many iPhone users that complain about the FB app, this should have been Front Page news!
  12. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    Awesome. Too bad they aren't using this opportunity for a slick redesign.
  13. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I really hate apps that are basically just a container for a web page just to make cross-platform porting easy.

    If I were an app developer, I'd sacrifice easy portability for my app running smooth on every platform. If that means hiring someone else to do the Android version, so be it.

    It should be built for the platform, with the platform's native language, not as a mobile website.

    And I really hope they add the "Share" button. It's been missing since v1.
  14. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Good, I stopped using it years ago since it was too slow to use. When it takes 3 minutes to update your status, what's the point? It's not like it's that important anyway, if it takes so long to load, might as well not do it.

    I've been using the desktop site on my iPod Touch and it works much better than the app, and is full featured.
  15. TylerL macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2002
    I have to think Facebook Messenger, Facebook Pages Manager, and Facebook Camera were used as testing grounds for an overhaul of the main app. Looking forward to a smarter, lighter app.
  16. ndpitch macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
  17. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    a redesign that surely many would object to...though still use anyway.

    Wondering if the new timeline aspect of it is what made it glitchy more recently. I know I click to view a post and it takes me to my friends list.
  18. slrandall macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Yes, leaving behind that Bronze-Age technology, HTML5.

    Sarcasm aside, this is very, very welcome news.
  19. valkraider macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2004
    I wonder if this new app will remember my "sort by" preference (which I have to set to "Most Recent" at least three times a week in the current app).
  20. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    Why not? iOS 6 doesn't let you read anything, only post. :p Notifications are a property of, yep... the app.
  21. ristlin Guest

    Mar 29, 2012
  22. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Thank the good Lord! Certainly on the iPad Facebook is horrendous!
  23. RalfTheDog macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2010
    Lagrange Point
    I would bet, they will just use Flash Builder.

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