Last month, I published my hands-on with MobiNigeria app for Symbian. In response to that article, one of our regulars here made a comment that didn’t go down well with too many people, yet he had a point that I will attempt to blow up in this article.
I find that regardless of how good the available apps for Facebook, WordPress and Twitter are, after the initial euphoria of installing it, I almost never go back to using them. Why? Well, I have a browser for those. One application on my smartphone – the web browser – takes care of the functionality that all three of those apps provide.
Why would I want to launch each one separately and switch around to update my blog, Twitter feed and Facebook wall like that?
The MobiNigeria application for Symbian, like every other news site application (e.g. AP, Mobile Industry Review, National Geographic, etc) simply reproduces what is already on the website itself. I am subscribed to lots of news sites. I find that one single application – the RSS Feed Reader – is a more efficient way of receiving news updates from all.
It is certainly painful to have to launch an app for each of those sites just to keep up-to-date with news and reviews.
The truth is that for people who do more than the average on the internet, having an app for each service would be madness. Incidentally, many mobile appstores are full of such apps – including the Apple, Ovi (Nokia), and Android stores.
These days, we are quick to say, “There’s an app for that“. Still, we might find that there are not too many things that we really need an app for. As a rule, many internet-based services may not really need a dedicated application.
I have always been of the position that the mobile web (and hence the mobile web browser) is the solution to the problem of multiple apps for most internet-based mobile activities. Time will tell.
Still, we must leave room for those who are not into multiple online activities, but have only one or two activities that they are committed to online, say perhaps just updating their WordPress blog or Facebook pages and nothing more. These may prefer to use an application for doing that. They may be in the minority, but since when did it become politically correct to discriminate against minorities? 😀
At the end of thee day, perhaps the freedom of choice of what to use, and where and when to use it is what makes mobile more fun!
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