I Don't Need An App For That

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App for that

I know that it is fashionable to get an app developed for your website these days. For the most part, I don’t get it though, because unless your website offers something insanely unique, I don’t see why I want to have an app of each of the scores of websites that I follow installed on my phones.

It just sounds insane. Let’s narrow this down to blogs and news sites, especially. Why would I want an app for each of those? Imagine an app each for GSMArena, All About Symbian, Nairaland, Otekbits, CrackBerry, PhoneArena, WapReview, Whispers After Dark, Mobility, etc.

Madness.

Multiple Mobile Platforms

To make matters worse, if you are the owners of any of those blogs, you will need an app on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Belle and Windows Phone. Oh; don’t forget the largest mobile platform, Java. Then should Bada, Tizen and Firefox Mobile gain significant traction, you’d need to have an app for each of those platforms too. Preposterous.

Functionality

Then depending on the functionality and features on each blog and capabilities of each platform, publishers may not be able to implement them all on some of those apps. So end-users across various platforms get different experiences.

One App for all that – the Web Browser

The most used app on every single one of my devices is the web browser. I am an info junkie and so always learning. The web makes that possible. Blogs, news sites, educational sites, and others like that make it happen – and all from that one app, the web browser.

Thank God for web browsers. With a web browser, I do not need an app for each informational site that I frequent.

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15 comments

  1. Saiddigge – that’s why there are apps for that 🙂

    Don’t know about fashionable, just convenient. I had an app for Crackberry but found it was invaluable at the time as a quick reference. After a while it got boring so uninstalled it.

  2. there was once an article here examining the (dis)advantages of webapps vs native apps.

    I tend to avoid apps whenever there are webapp equivalents.

    for instance, I do not have Twitter and Facebook apps installed on my device. the webapp equivalents are good enough for me (I use writeLonger.com instead of Twitter.com)

    Using webapp equivalents help avoid clutter on the phone, and more importantly, saves tonnes of data in situations where there is internet access associated with the service(being on Androud).

    I would rather access a service via a data_efficient mobile web browser ~ like Opera Mini, than run a native_app that may not be as efficient at data compression.

  3. Apps generally look better than the web equivalence but there are a lot of other considerations, some already mentioned in the post. You truly cannot have apps for all the websites you visit except where such apps offer something special that the web equivalence cannot offer like Wolfram Alpha.

    There’s the consideration of the resources of the device and for people like me on a metered data plan, most of these apps are quite data hungry because no form of data compression are implemented in them. The Twitter and Facebook apps that were bundled with my device were not the best and I downloaded Tweetdeck which proved to be a lot better apart from being a single app as against two, but I still have to remove it for data considerations and resorted to Opera Mini for their webpage equivalence.

  4. Apps are great but not in all cases. Harry and eye.be.kay have given the reason especially as it concerns android. I have been shopping for the most data efficient twitter app. Any suggestions?

  5. I found Hootsuite was better data-wise than both Tweetdeck and Seesmic. But then it depends on what you’re looking for the app to do, and Hootsuite did it for me.

    The advantage for me is always being able to read offline. The last thing I want to be doing on a choppy connection is have to use the browser to do the same thing.

    I avoid apps with in-app ads like the plague; that is where I think I’d rather use the phone’s browser than an app to do the same.

  6. Hmmm. I remember Mobility used to have some of those apps. I can’t seem to find links on the site to them anymore.

  7. @ Gabriel Shaze, I used the app once but it only took me to the website, so I promptly uninstalled it. Personally it was less hassle bookmarking the site in my browser.

  8. I also used it on my N8. Initially it used to display all the details until a particular update after which only the topics were displayed and a click on a topic takes you to the website. I promptly uninstalled it thereafter.

  9. There used to be an app for mobility blog back in the not so distant past. I downloaded and used it on my Symbian Phone at the time. So why the turn around and the change of mind as regards apps for sites?

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