There’s an app for that!

Yup, there’s an app to measure the length, an app for compass, an app to check level and so on. This has been the selling point for both Apple and Google when it comes to pushing for people to adopt their mobile platform (iOS and Android). Apps… millions of apps for people to buy, to download, to use them to enhance their daily life, to improve efficiency… the list goes on.

But I feel like there are just too many apps that does single purpose, and they are very messy, making my phone cluttered with apps. So many apps, so many storage space used, but do they really make your life better? Are there apps that are right there in you phone but yet you have never use them before?

I used to use a few apps to edit photos with my phone. I’ll use VSCO for applying colour preset as a base, then I’ll go to Snapseed to do other adjustment, then maybe to other apps for other purposes. Along the way, these apps do add in additional features borrowed from other apps, hence I’m using less apps in my workflow. Eventually, I had deleted all the other apps and only left using Lightroom CC on my mobile devices, especially after the recent update with custom preset included.

I felt that there’re certainly a lot can be done in order to streamline the user experience of using apps. For example, measuring app, level, compass, unit conversion etc. can be grouped into one app, as all of them serve literally the same purpose: to measure something. Same goes for photography related apps, a lot functions can be consolidated into the same app, hence reducing the need to hop around different apps to get things done.

Streamlining things… an approach for minimalist, and something I preferred. Hopefully one day I can have a phone with little clutter on screen, thanks to the developers for consolidating and simplify the apps.

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