08/11/2011, 03:15 PM
Originally Posted by cobrakon
First, marketing. Telling people how stupid they are to care about apps isn't going to cut it, and attempting to tell people they don't need apps when you're an upstart that is a distant third or fourth just looks more like you're trying to make excuses. Like it or not, at least for the near term, "Apps" are a measuring stick for mobile OS's. Even if people don't use many or any apps, it still helps marketting in promoting one OS over another. Having more apps, regardless if you think they're useful or not, is a useful thing for marketting. Especially apps that are considered somewhat defining for the device style...such as netflix for tablets.
Second, everyone uses their devices differently. You like going through the website. Wonderful for you, I'm happy for you. That doesn't make you better than someone who prefers an app, and it doesn't magically erase those people. Take for example the iPad. Apple, in their arrogance, poo pooed the notion of needing a facebook app. "You can just use the website fine" they said. And yet Friendly and Friendbook are both routinely a top 30 downloaded app. Why? Because websites, while usable on a tablet, may not be best optimized for touch. And having an app that is build, from the ground up, to work with the type of input interface and the screen size you have is...often...going to be easier to use than the flat website.
Does that mean you can't use the website? Heavens no, and its a good stand in. But for those that prefer a method that is built to be optimized for hte type of device you're on that experience doesn't one up having an app for it.