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"I'm convinced that the only people who can tell and even care about the performance difference between Path and Facebook's native apps are software developers...most people don't care"

the story you're commenting on presents evidence which contradicts what you're saying. unless you count a brief introductory paragraph, it is literally the first point they make.

the article says that the app has nearly 12K one-star reviews and an average of 2 stars, indicating that people don't like the app. the writing is not 100% clear, but it appears to be saying that the app only has a little over 21K reviews total, which means more than half of all reviews for the app are one-star reviews.

how could you possibly square this information with your belief that most people don't care? they counted the number of people who care and not only are there thousands of them, but more than 50% of the reviews are as negative as it is possible for a review to be.

seriously, dude, "people hate it" is the first point this article makes, and it does so with plenty of compelling evidence.

The 21k reviews is for "this version" -- there's actually nearly 2 million reviews for "all versions" with an average of 4 stars.

The Android app has 3.2 million reviews (averaging 3.6 stars - 600,000 or so are 1 star).

So it doesn't seem as bad when you consider "all versions" instead of just "this version". I wonder if it's a matter of more tech-savvy people reviewing the newer versions when they come out? Or it could just be that the app really is getting much, much worse with every release...

The app used to be all native objective-c. It was actually pretty good. They made a switch to make their different platforms share more code and be more consistent with each other and quality took a HUGE nosedive.

Ah I see, that would explain it.

Personally, I'm waiting for them to fix contact sync on Android ICS. That's the only reason I have the app installed...

They stated they would never do that though. Because that will allow you to export emails from Facebook to Gmail. Facebook said they are protecting you by not letting you export them to Google. Never mind the fact you can do that to Yahoo with the click of a button.

The sync worked before because Google allowed them to use a special API to allow them to show contacts on your phone without actually syncing them to your account (removing the Facebook app removed the contacts)

yep same user interface and same code across platforms means suboptimal app for each of the distinct platforms

Well that's including the three20 version, which would support the author's point.

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