In the TV ad campaigns, the voiceover for the Apple iPhone proudly notes that there are apps for just about anything; and to date there are more than 100,000 apps. This has resulted in quite the revenue stream for Apple and for app developers. The problem is that many of the apps are seemingly useless – unless you consider silly noises or similar apps to be useful. Worse still is that many apps fall into the category of knock-offs or so-called “cookie-cutter” apps. This week TechCrunch noted that the Apple App Store could see some major changes.
Is Apple going to crack down on all the so-called “cookie-cutter” applications? According to what TechCrunch found, Apple isn’t entirely opposed to “app generators” or other templates, which are being used to create the apps. This is an about face for the company, as it had removed the so-called “sexy” apps from the Apple App Store in recent months. In that particular case the company decided that stripper apps and other risqu? content didn’t belong on the iPhone – ironic in some ways when one considers that the content in many of the movies and TV programs that can be downloaded and viewed on the iPhone; but clearly a line had to be drawn.
So while Apple looks like it will still allow templates and generators to be used, I suspect the approval process might gradually get stricter. An app can’t just be a knock-off any longer, and this could be good for the industry as a whole. What it means is that app developers will have to actually work harder and provide actual features, making the apps more specific and customized instead of following a formula and stuffing the stuff full of duplicate apps. Of course one immediate result could be that many smaller app shops could close their doors because making apps will become harder.
Howerver, we shouldn’t be concerned with this. If the company didn’t have a solid business model to provide a quality product, it probably wouldn’t have stayed in business anyway. In may, however, have brought down similar companies. After all, apps weren’t created as a shortcut to making money from the hard work of others.
Synology Offers Storage in the Cloud
Storage server vendor Synology America Corp. this week unveiled the release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 2.3, which offers new features including encryption; backup to the cloud; and for those who want to keep a close eye on their offices remotely, an iPhone DS camera app. The DS cam iPhone app for Surveillance Station can provide live and recorded feeds from an IP camera to the iPhone. This can let users monitor an office, warehouse or home from the cloud.
Zoho Adds Business Apps for Android
The Google Apps Marketplace now is stocked with the Zoho CRM and Zoho Projects apps, which can be integrated with Google Apps. The Zoho CRM provides an on-demand solution for building, maintaining and strengthening customer relationships. It offers the ability to track sales and marketing activities, as well as sharing customer e-mails. The Zoho Projects is the company’s online project collaboration and management application, which allows users to plan, track and collaborate on projects from a single app. With these apps users can view Gmail e-mail in Zoho CRM contextually and import contacts from, as well as calendar information, plus users can attach Google Docs to Zoho projects.