The emergence of apps as the driving force behind the massive growth in the smartphone industry over the past half-decade is undoubted. There are 100,000′s of apps available which cater for every interest and almost every need, but have we gone too far in our preference for apps?
For starters, there are countless apps that are direct relations to websites, but which present the content in a way that is much more suited to mobile devices. These apps tend to be created by the larger commercial sites who also offer mobile versions of their content anyway and so you could technically be installing an app that does exactly the same job as the mobile site already does.
And then there are the apps that cross-over with similar apps. 100′s of task managers, multiple calendars, scores of file managers and duplicated tasks on so many apps. These are great because they offer choice, but the temptation to continually search for new apps that do the job even better never goes away.
We should, however, step back to the start and concentrate on apps that do what the web already does. From apps that can tell you when the latest trains are arriving to apps that monitor the stock market, the web can do all of this and all you need to do is add a simple bookmark. Is it better to have a web browser with 50 bookmarks or 50 apps. When you consider the amount of memory and visual space required to install the apps, the web may well be a better bet.