Do you need an app for that?

May 22nd, 2012

Apple coined the phrase, “there's an app for that”. Since then app stores have sprung up all over the place. It has become the year of the app, with even cars equipped with apps! But with the advances of web and browser technologies and Internet connections becoming more consistent, do we really need an app for everything?  Source For example, when watching Internet on TV, would you prefer an app for each TV show you watch, or one web interface that provides access to all of your favorite channels? The answer is not so clear anymore as the concept of web site and app begin to blur. Take a look at Mozilla's app store, which allows web site authors to easily wrap up your website into a stand alone app. One advantage of this method is that it's easier to sell an app vs. selling a bookmark to a web page. Along with the app paradigm is the concept of updates. This happens behind the scenes on a web site, but it requires some interaction in the app context, where you generally need to accept the update by clicking a button and optionally read the release notes. The big advantage of requiring some user interaction when upgrading is a lessened impact of the changes in functionality. From a productivity standpoint, having a focused app that provides a very streamlined experience can be beneficial. But when does this benefit become more of a procrastination issue as your collection of apps grows and you're required to now organize and maintain them all, plus search to find the right app for the right moment? Perhaps what is needed is the app of apps, one app to rule them all. You tell the app what you want to do, and it find and executes the appropriate app. Technologies like Siri are attempting to make this vision a reality. After all, computers are supposed to make our lives easier, right? When it comes to battery life, it would be interesting to compare a device that was primarily used with apps vs. another that was primarily used through the browser. We could all use more battery life when on the go. We would love to hear your thoughts. Do you prefer we continue down the road of having an app for each task, or do you prefer accessing your “apps” via the web browser and creating your own bookmarks and dashboards? Share your thoughts here on the blog, on Twitter or FaceBook.

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