A couple of years ago I posted a blog about the rapid proliferation of apps for smartphones, comparing the choice of an app with deciding which screwdriver “bit” was needed at home: Smartphone as screwdriver
The situation has gotten much worse. Not only are there more screw bits needed for more types of fasteners at home (and in factories or on the job) but app development has exploded as well and now there are more app choices, by millions it seems, than ever before.
The smartphone that I currently use has a “home” screen and also an icon that represents additional screens – 7 of them – of more icons, each of which represents an app that the manufacturer has decided that I need or might possibly want.
Wrong! But thanks anyway.
Understand, I am not being stubborn here, just practical. Just hang with me.
Today when you get a new smartphone or tablet, the manufacturer – usually Apple, Samsung, Nokia/Microsoft, Google, or Amazon – has already solved the “problem” of app distribution by setting up a store – iTunes, Google PlayStore, Amazon.com. So while setting up your device, you are now asked – gently – for your credit card “just in case” you might want to buy something at the app store. Apple users are intimately familiar with the process since they have been buying music from iTunes (store) for years.
But the sheer number of apps now available has become unwieldy, at least to this user. I haven’t yet faced a problem that requires most of the solutions. I don’t yet need the bit for my screwdriver and, already, I am being asked to trust the manufacturer by giving them my credit card information. We are such sheep.
Times ARE changing and “free” apps are being developed at a rapid pace “just in case” you might need one of them. But finding it?
Thanks to Transition IT