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.
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.
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.