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Apps have become synonymous with mobile applications. Do you remember the symbian (read simpler) times, when we used a phone to make calls and sms was like your private pigeon messenger? 🙂 It is fascinating how technology has moved in the last few years. From new powerful touchscreen smartphones to a growing ecosystem of Apps. Apple, Google and Microsoft (well almost) are competing for this App-Universe dominance. Some apps go for million downloads and hit the news, some rise and vanish like a bubble. With the Apple App Store, Android Marketplace and Windows Marketplace for apps, which platforms work better and what makes a good app, more importantly what makes an app stick, what makes it tap-worthy enough to get millions of downloads. Sum of what we discussed at the 82nd Social Media Breakfast.
Paradigm shift started with the App Store
We agreed on one point that Apple invented the Apps game. With Apple developing the software as well as hardware for this new platform, it controlled the game unlike any other company and it has excelled at it. It created a whole new eco-system of mobile apps, which was later aggressively adopted by the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Nokia and RIM promoting their own App stores or ‘App Marketplaces’, to the point that I think it has changed the game of selling software, with all software on Mac now available on the Mac App Store.
What makes an App Stick or ‘Tap’Worthy’
It must solve a problem
This I think should be the first step in any product development, not just for apps or software. In Mani Singh’s experience this is the numero uno of all strategies, it’s a guiding light. Take a look around, the products which are popular, which you care about, talk about are the ones which solve a problem. Now how you define a ‘problem’ is subjective 🙂
A phone goes where you go and is fast becoming a primary device for many. Apps which harness this mobility by offering localized content and services, provides a true mobile experience. I remember speaking with a friend in Toronto, who was going gaga over Siri (the new voice assistant App on iPhone 4S). He asked Siri ‘Where’s the nearest McDonald’s Siri came back with options, he asked how many calories in the BigMac, Siri was prompt with calorie count on the BigMac, decision taken.. No Big Mac today! Solves a problem + Localized . Mani Singh mentioned his experience when his car ran out of fuel on a highway in Punjab (India), out came the android with Google’s App: Asking Google Voice for nearest Toyota station and the options came up. Again Solves a problem + Localized. Brilliant isn’t it?
Must help kill boredom
Without doubt ‘Angry Birds’ was built on this strategy, and built well. Keeping it super simple and built around fun. I think just like writing comedy is a hard job, so is making a fun app which gets addictive. You can analyse to death the strategies and theories which make it work, but I think designing/developing fun apps is an art, hands down.
Do one task, really well
The mobile experience is built for micro-tasking. Not multi-tasking. The app must do one thing, and do it really well. In our discussion about user expectations from mobile apps, it’s about the simplicity of little options on the small screen. A classic example I read about developing an App to fly a plane: A programmer/developer will add as many powerful features as he can, with all sorts of buttons and meters, and all user is looking for two buttons: Fly a Plane and Land a Plane! That explains the essence of user expectation from an app.
In other discussions
Social Media Breakfast is not complete without the latest tech news: From the latest Caller IQ controversy, to the phenomenal and absurd rise of the Kolaveri song (11 million views on Youtube at time of writing this) and the exciting new possibilities with Augmented Reality, some cool new apps which build local+AR into one cool app.
Till next meetup 🙂
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On day to day basis we feel the need to store so many interesting
websites/web pages as book marks for future reference. We do it by saving it
to our browsers, but book marks stored on a browser will be lost if our
system gets formatted or we are working on some other system than
ours.Delicious.com can be used in that case.
Delicious.com is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and
discovering web bookmarks.
Delicious is a social bookmarking website – the primary use of Delicious is
to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same
bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On
Delicious, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which
is a much more flexible system than folders.
You can also use del.icio.us to see the interesting links that your friends
and other people bookmark, and share links with them in return. You can even
browse and search Delicious to discover the cool and useful bookmarks that
everyone else has saved – which is made easy with tags.
It uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each
of their bookmarks with freely chosen terms. A combined view of everyone’s
bookmarks with a given tag is available; for instance, the URL
“http://www.delicious.com/tag/android” displays all of the most recent links
tagged “andriod”. Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks
added by other users.
Delicious has a “hotlist” on its home page and “popular” and “recent” pages,
which help to make the website a showcase of Internet trends.
Delicious is one of the most popular social bookmarking services due to many
features , including the website’s simple interface, human-readable URL
scheme, a novel domain name.
All bookmarks posted to Delicious are publicly viewable by default, although
users can mark specific bookmarks as private, and imported bookmarks are
private by default. The public aspect is emphasized; the site is not focused
on storing private (“not shared”) bookmark collections.
– Komal Arora
Manager – Technologies
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