Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 22:18 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

"BlackBerry has a thriving ecosystem with BlackBerry 10." That's what CEO Thorsten Heins said this May at a developer conference before revealing that users had a choice of 120,000 apps from its still-young app market, BlackBerry World. The problem is that over a third of those apps come from a single developer. Yes, a Hong Kong-based company called S4BB has published just under 47,000 apps to BlackBerry World since launch. That's not a good sign of a "thriving ecosystem."

This is what happens when the technology press lets itself be dictated by companies. The companies were the ones who started touting quantity over quality when it comes to mobile application stores, and the press played right into their hands. In a statement to The Verge, BlackBerry confirms the issue, but states that it's not actually an issue at all. Of course they say that. They want to keep touting that number.

Companies wanted this to be a numbers game, and now it is. Go into any mobile application store, and 99.9% of the applications in it are crap. Comparing numbers reveals nothing. It never has, and never will.

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I think default apps should be "just good enough", because even that is more than most people need.

Third party apps can provide all the extras and power features for those who really require it. There is no need to fill up the memory of your device with so much stuff most people won't ever (or can't) use.

Which memory are you trying to save up here?

I'm pretty sure that you won't fill the multiple gigabytes of modern devices' mass storage with the typical OS-bundled apps, unless of course the OS is developed by Microsoft and/or has to support several decades of constantly deprecated frameworks and APIs.

As for RAM, it is true that it is a bit more of a scarce resource on lower-end devices with 512 MB and such. But I guess that if a little bit of thought went into app modularization, it would be possible to reduce the impact of unused feature to near zero.

Myself, the main drawback which I'd see to an iterative improvement of the OS-bundled apps, is that it would cost cost OS development time, which couldn't be spent on the next shiny feature. Users don't notice gradual polishing nearly as much as major changes, even if they also despise the bugs that such changes will inevitably bring.

Edited 2013-08-23 11:18 UTC

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