The longer you have had an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch there is a greater chance for a larger collection of apps in your library. Many have probably come to the point of seeing redundant apps on their iPhone, or at the very least in their purchase history. The problem seems to be that every company seems to have to offer their own app, and that doesn’t even get into same apps of similar genres. We talked about Crestron last week, looking to end the app clutter of remote based apps for TV, sound systems, thermostat, lights, etc. There’s a bigger issue at hand than just remote control based apps.
There is app clutter no matter what task you’re looking to do. If you want to manage your bank account or credit cards, or course there are individual apps from Bank of America, Chase, American Express, Discover, Capital One, and the list goes on. Each one is a separate app that can clutter your iPhone if you have more than one account. There are all of the social network apps too with each one requiring a separate app in log-in whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Vine, Flickr, Groupon, Living Social, and the plethora of smaller photo and video sharing services. TV related apps are also multplying so you can have one from Panasonic, DirecTV, Samsung, IntoNow, Viggle, FanCake, and of course many other service providers. Now, there’s apps for cars which include remote start, maintenance trackers, gas price finders, electric charging station locators, and more.
These are individual services, and then there are the individual categories in the App Store. Most of us probably have multiple apps for weather, to-do lists, cameras, note taking, photo editing, music players, calendars, mail, and so many more. It’s likely you only have one on your current iOS device, but you probably have still bought or downloaded other free versions of this genre. We usually stick with one, but new ones keep coming to again build the clutter whether they excel at one particular task to replace another or do multiple things together. There’s still app redundancy and clutter, and that’s what happens when there are over 750,000 apps.
These services are all either competing or supposed to work together, and yet almost every app is completely stand alone. The reason there’s app clutter is because the apps don’t communicate or acknowledge one another so that they’re all individual experiences. Part of the problem is app developers keeping their services unique, and part of the problem is restricting App Store rules. The result is app clutter on your iOS device with so many apps that do the same thing which could work together. We all know the problem, and yet we’re virtually powerless because it’s up to the app developers, big companies, and Apple.
Almost every website has turned into an individual app, and now our iOS device’s screen is filled with many items that should be relegated to a bookmark list in a browser. The potential fix is the next step in the evolution of the internet with sites being updated for HTML5. If the sites could deliver the same experience as apps across different devices and operating systems then all of these individual apps would no longer be necessary. There are some things that are better as apps whether it’s games, powerful editing tools, or deluxe management software, but it’s all of the information based ones. All of the different apps mentioned in this article don’t necessarily need a separate app if the web experience was enhanced to replicate the in-app experience.
That may be a long way away, and in the mean time we’re left with app clutter with virtually no apps interacting or recognizing one another.