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. These are our 21st Century “tools”.
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. Finding the one I need at the time can become an endless search through icon after icon. Thank heavens for alphabetizing them
Too many choices. Far too much clutter. I need simplicity. But each successive upgrade to both Apple of Android O/S has complicated the problem for me and I assume for others. And worse, yet, our ability to find files and downloads is even worse.
Enter Stellar Library – the New Zealand startup that has vastly simplified document access and sharing currently on the iPad and browsers, soon to be released as an Android or Windows app (Summer 2016).
Fortunately we seem to be getting somewhere with simplicity, at least as far as documents go. Now to tackle the app jungle.