In the past year, Facebook for Android has moved from a primarily webview based app to an almost entirely native experience. It has transitioned from being built by a small team to a distributed development model where product teams are responsible for their features. And it has grown to be used by well over a hundred million users a day, distributed across devices with orders of magnitude differences in capabilities.
This talk describes the technical and cultural challenges associated with making these transitions while continuing to ship a fast and lightweight app. In particular, we will focus on:
The talk will draw on real examples from a broad set of performance metrics such as startup time, data usage, disk usage, app size, battery consumption etc.
Chaitanya is a software engineer at Facebook London, where he focuses on improving the performance of Facebook’s Android apps. He was previously on the search team, working on Graph Search, and the Search typeahead. In a previous life, he did graduate research on database systems at the University of Toronto.
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