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Zuckerberg: Betting on HTML 5 a big mistake

September 12, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

12 September 2012 - At TechCrunch's Disrupt conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that betting on HTML 5 for its mobile app instead of natively built apps is "one of the biggest mistakes if not the biggest strategic mistakes we've ever made".

Zuckerberg Betting on HTML 5 a big mistake

Two years ago, Facebook decided to build all of its mobile apps in HTML 5, called "FaceWeb". After spending over a year developing and monitoring the apps, the company decided that HTML 5 apps weren’t up to par – performance wise.

“We burnt two years.”

Which is why Facebook is focusing its efforts on native apps, whether on iOS or Android, said Zuckerberg.

And after Facebook revamped its iOS app last month, it is now developing a snappier native Android version as well. However, the CEO refused to specify a date, saying "it (the Android app) will only be ready when it’s ready".

Zuckerberg is looking at its mobile app to "make a lot more money than we make on desktop", as mobile users spend more time inside the app and are more likely to use Facebook than desktop users. 

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