Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:55 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "Whenever there is a conversation about the future of computing, is discussion inevitably turns to the notion of a 'File'. After all, most tablets and phones don't show the user anything that resembles a file, only Apps that contain their own content, tucked away inside their own opaque storage structure. This is wrong. Files are abstraction layers around content that are necessary for interoperability. Without the notion of a File or other similar shared content abstraction, the ability to use different applications with the same information grinds to a halt, which hampers innovation and user experience." Aside from the fact that a file manager for Android is just a click away, and aside from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept. One of my biggest gripes with iOS is just how user-hostile the operating system it when it comes to getting stuff - whatever stuff - to and from the device.
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File abstraction is an odd thing. Just because it is in a file doesn't mean that it is interoperable between applications. Frankly once it is in a file it can be accessed outside the scope of the application. You may only want an application to see portions of the data from another application.

One interesting example is Facebook which has a mechanism from the web, IOS, and Android to allow the user to grant certain information to be shared to specified application. This mechanism gives the user more control over their data than simply having it in a XML file where any application running with your ACL can access it.

Edited 2012-06-29 23:25 UTC

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