Is it just me, or are there too many apps on my phone?
Is it just me, or that every service I use has an app and pushes me to install it and use it.
Is it just me, or my attention is filled with notifications from multiple sources and I cannot differentiate between the important one’s and entertainment that can wait for later.
Is it just me or Apps have become the plague of the mobile age.
There is too many for my little (or not so little brain). There even was a study about how our brain remembers the location of items on a virtual screen as a physical location. Well this means that my iPhone is a huge medieval castle, so full of rooms and halls that even the help finds it hard to navigate. And as a king of this “castle” I want to take control back. So what do I do? Folders.
Now my iPhone is a stack of folders, the amount of “halls” in my pocket size virtual castle gets smaller, but now I have to think every time what folder to open, and spend my time opening and closing them in order to find what I’m looking for. The architect of my new castle gets fired and I move on to the next idea:
This looks really pretty. The new “castle architect” is a painter that loves order and when I look at my new screen order I smile because it’s so well arranged. I know by heart that Dropbox and facebook are blue in color so I will know where to navigate each time I need something. But wait. What color is Spotify? Green or black? When it comes to apps that are not so often used – I find myself browsing through all the colorful screens cursing my new “architect” and soon he it dismissed.
Putting the most used apps in the first desktop screen, the less used in the next and so on also does not quite work when the amount exceeds 3 screens.
I am frustrated. The king is not pleased.
Back in the day I interviewed to a nifty startup that was called everything.me. It seems like they are now shut down. Everything.me was supposed to solve the app overdose problem by creating an Android launched with apps as a service; Now there is a new rise of startups dealing with “app as a service” trend. This means the apps are not individually installed on a device but rather appear when needed / searched or adressed in another way. This seems cool to me, but there is a way to go until this happens. In the meanwhile I’ll sleep in a tent.