I hate you, Facebook and Skype apps

I hate you, Facebook and Skype appsError 3200 wasn’t exactly a disaster, more a case of Apple’s servers being horsed by millions of eager updaters. And just why were you so desperate for iOS 5, you there with your iDevice? Huh? Answer me that.

Anyways, Error 3200 got me thinking along the Things going wrong route again, and I figured I’d go off on another of my patented rants. Hey, it makes a change from writing about the lackluster iPhone 4S. “Siri, when is the iPhone 5 out?”

Facebook is first on my hitlist. It seems like there’s a bloomin’ Android update every other day at the moment, as if the developers can’t quite make up their minds what the hell they want.

I encountered an annoying glitch the other day whereby the Facbeook app refused to notify me whenever I had, well, a notification. You’re supposed to get a little red number at the bottom, right? But nope.

I had to - shock horror - manually pull up the bar to see if anyone had commented on my status or whatever. Particularly handy given that Facebook has reduced the number of notification emails it sends out.

There were a few other things, but they’re beyond tedious (er, unlike the notification thing).

iPhone owners had their own problems with the latest Facebook update earlier this week, and my ladyfriend even managed to – long story – kill her iPhone 3GS. Great stuff. All good now though, and her iPhone 4S is on its way too (sigh). “Siri, is Rush the best band in the world?”

So, the Facbeook app is rubbish. But even worse is the freakin’ Skype app. Christ knows what’s going on there.

I hate you, Facebook and Skype appsThe Skype app used to work fine (mostly) on both Android and iOS, but I can only assume a team of monkeys has taken over with the sole intention of rendering the app unusable.

The Android Skype app (version is now utterly obsessed with appearing in the notification bar. The worst thing about it is: you can’t simply hit Clear to get rid of notifications. You used to be able to do so, but not any more, friend. They keep coming back.

Skype now insists that you enter the app and acknowledge your new message or whatever directly. It’s absolutely insane, and very, very annoying considering I’ve usually got Skype running on my MacBook too.

Worse still, if I type something in a chat from my laptop, my phone notifies me. Are you serious, Skype? Again, I have to go into the app and read the message I just typed! Why would you add that feature to the app?!

And my personal favourite: if I make or receive a Skype call on my laptop, I again get a notification on my phone. “Hey Lewis, you were just on a call on your laptop.” Thanks, Skype. I hadn’t furging realised.

My ladyfriend tells me the iOS app is the complete opposite, refusing to tell her when she’s got a new IM and insisting that she check manually. That sounds a bit like the Android Facebook app.

Rant over.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2011 at 13:10

I only read the title - and I agree!!!
Facebook-hatred's a no-brainer...or, actually, a brainer.
Skype is just wrong on phones. The apps suck on all platforms.

If I listed the number of phones and networks that I tried skype on in the last 10 months, you'd think I'm nuts.

What I hate most about skype though is this: search for a skype app for a phone they do not obviously support. You'll inevitably land on skype's support forum where a dude says how "Sorry skype is" for not, yet, supporting your phone model. Only, then you see that the very model runs skype...only: exclusively on Three, or this or that other network. Lying ba*tards.

drunken_prozac  Oct. 14, 2011 at 13:10

I updated about 3 weeks ago only to have my battery drained in 6 hours!
Seems that it wants to check my gps every 5mins. No supprise I rolled it back straight away!

I don't understand how the app can be so bad at the moment, my missus has a desire z and she is running facebook of old from the time you could tag people in posts.

They need to pull their fingers out and fix it as I am currrently using the full website on my phone to do anything

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2011 at 13:12

Hey, d_p, I bet Microshaft will fix it :p Seriously, it can only get worse.

werdup  Oct. 14, 2011 at 14:40

I love this, 'techies' thinking they know something about phones.
I hear more accurate and technical banter from the kids on the street corner!

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 14, 2011 at 15:01

Don't user either one and you will do yourself a big favor.
For BBM style messaging try WhatsApp Messenger.

Treab  Oct. 14, 2011 at 15:19

wtf werdup... why are you hanging around kids... and this article is about applications not phones as such...

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2011 at 15:21

a) where do you live? B ) The article is clearly a rant-like piece. Subjective and sarcastic. It's not a tutorial on apps development.

Also, if you have any critical points to make, why not make them?

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 15, 2011 at 00:02

werdup, stay away from those kiddies, eh :p?

Lewis rants, fact.

Anyway, none of what he's said is untrue, it's just slightly long winded and "ranty". Though as Jan's pointed out, that's quite clearly the style the article was meant to have...

As a final point you hear things more "techy", than this: The Android Skype app (version is now utterly obsessed with appearing in the notification bar.
when you're round those kiddies again? I don't think so, somehow.

I think I've finished ripping into you, I may think of more later, for now, welcome to Mobot, werdup ;).


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