Why Does Facebook Keeps Updating Its App Every Other Day On Android
Facebook seems unconcerned about squandering its data, owing to the fact that I am the one who pays for it. It's not like Facebook is unaware that data privacy is a concern in India. Facebook has released a particularly light version of the app for Android phones called Facebook Lite, which is just 1.8MB on my Android phone (Mi4i) It's most likely a consequence of upgrades that seem to be comparable to iOS users' findings. The app's actual download size was 138 MB, despite the fact that the size of the download was recorded as 230 MB.
I upgraded the Facebook app on my phone about a week ago. It came back the following day with a fresh update. That was also altered without remark. A week later, a fresh update with a file size of 240MB appeared.
I stopped just as I was about to click the update button again. What is it about these Facebook employees? Do they believe I'm composed of numbers?
When you hit a particular threshold, it is throttled. My old BSNL plan was 30GB per month, and after I exceeded that, my 4mbps connection was throttled to a snail's pace of 256kps. Last year, I moved to ACT, which offers 75GB per month at approximately 8mbps and 512kbps beyond 75GB. However, old habits die hard, and I continue to dislike data-hungry applications and app upgrades.
It's not as if other applications don't get frequent updates. In reality, Apple's own applications, like as Pages, get far more frequent upgrades. However, it occurs rarely, maybe once or twice a year, and is typically linked to significant iOS upgrades.
So, what exactly is going on here?
I'm not too knowledgeable about app updates. However, it seems to function similarly to iOS updates. Bug fixes in the form of minor upgrades. The stakes are high for a full app redesign. That may explain why many applications get lesser updates. So, what drives companies like Facebook to redesign their app on a regular basis?
Every update, according to Facebook, increases speed and dependability. It may be accurate, yet it demonstrates a lack of concern for its consumers. It's not like Facebook is unaware that data privacy is a concern in India. Indeed, they've released a very lite version of Facebook for Android phones called Facebook Lite, which is just 1.8MB on my Android phone (Mi4i).
Why isn't there a Facebook Lite app for iOS as well? Do they think iPhone users are less concerned about data security?
Is Facebook just being sluggish?
Or is it presumptuous to assume that people like Facebook to the point that they won't mind downloading it millions of times?
Or it may just be excellent business. It's possible that making minor updates will take longer than publishing the whole program. And, as we all know, time is money, and Facebook aspires to be the first trillion-dollar corporation in the world.
In summary, Facebook doesn't care if I waste my data since I'm the one who pays for it.
At this moment, it occurred to me that Facebook may be correct. Perhaps the average Facebook user isn't concerned about a few hundred gigabytes every week or two. This man has greater concerns, as shown by this newspaper clipping, which was given to him by a friend.
It also nicely encapsulates why I'm not a big Facebook user, having yet to upload a personal picture in my 10 years on the platform. In reality, my Facebook profile photo is 10 years old, and my Facebook phone number is outdated.
Not that I was deceiving Facebook in any way. The sly dudes had surreptitiously connected my Facebook account to my WhatsApp account, transferring all of my phone's contacts to Facebook while claiming to be ignorant of my current phone number.
So, why am I on Facebook in the first place? Partly for Facebook Groups, which are helpful for organizing crusades against organizations that follow the divide-and-rule philosophy, and partly to see what gets viral.
That's when my tube light turned on. I realized that I don't actually need the app since I'm not a big Facebook user. If I need to, I can always check Facebook on my browser, which is about once a week.
The app may be removed. It was spoken and done in the blink of an eye.
Update: Stéphane T sacs pointed out that an update's real download size may be far less than what is advertised. The explanation may be found here. To be sure, I downloaded the Facebook app and kept track of its size. The download size was advertised as 230 MB, while the real download size was 138 MB. (For further information, see below.) It's probable that a similar outcome will emerge for updates as well.