Personally I have 109 apps installed on my iPhone right now, and that’s even after a massive purge about a month ago.
At first I thought I was crazy, but turns out a lot of folks I know have even more apps on their phone. How about you?
Excluding the Apple apps that I can't uninstall: 38.
Super interesting take on how messaging can evolve into something more. Removing a lot of apps that dont really need to be standalone apps because of their simplicity.
I created http://furgo.io, an Android App to find transporters for moving anything. One of our key improvements was putting some functionality of the app in the chat stream because people loved to deal in there instead of the rest of the app. When I have read this article, I couldn't stop smiling because it was a nice spot.
Thanks for posting this, Mitchell. I published this last week after a long time of brooding on the idea. Happy to discuss anything further in here!
Great post Matt. I posted something similar a couple of months ago, but didn't think of iMessage integration.
It definitely feels things are headed this way, especially as Google Now, Siri, Watson (and the numerous AI's that are being developed) become more a part of our everyday experience.
How would you imagine an operating system built around messaging? Our phones are primarily communication devices, whether its through text/voice/photos/videos/etc. Is there a way the conversational interface here could include consumption-oriented activities like reading the news or check instagram?
No problem Matt, it was a fantastic read.
I'm really looking forward to this soon being widely adopted and eager to see which company will be the first to take the leap of faith.
There is certainly credence to this idea. Facebook was the first major player to openly offer their messaging platform to developers for this purpose. Although, I'm curious if Apple ever will. Messaging on a personal device is incredibly intimate and vulnerable to privacy concerns. Apple has made clear that they stand for their customer's privacy and a move like this would challenge that stance.
Whether or not Apple does this is definitely one question, but I think the privacy aspect of this is really easy to work through. The experience would be sandboxed and providers (apps) would only be able to connect with someone on an opt-in basis. Additionally any permissions that were granted to the provider would be opt-in. Functionally it would work the same way that iMessage already does – fully encrypted where only the client can read the message. Apple would simply be the transportation layer here.
So basically, this guy thinks all computing should return to a command line.
The market already decided GUI's are the superior experience 30+ years ago. The reason is that people don't actually know what they want to do....or what they can do. Staring at a blank cursor is like staring into the abyss. They need to see options visually to be able to know what they can even do with these things.
It doesn't matter how "conversational" you make it, in the end you will still just be frustratingly shouting commands at a screen. Not to mention the idea of exploring things like the web. How do you know to say 'go to designer news' if there's no way for you to discover designer news?
Is there a future where voice is omnipresent and we don't have user interfaces at all anymore?
Consider Star Trek. Voice is a significant primary input but direct input is still used. Voice feedback also significant but not the only way to receive information. Both will be critical in the future.
Good one. Indeed, the monitoring activities will still require GUI. I overlooked that. That said, Star Trek GUI was abysmal (but somewhat ahead of its time with flat design j/k).
I know it was mentioned a bit as an afterthought at the bottom, but this is what Layer is focusing on. Layer has raised $22M in venture funding to be this bottom-level layer for apps, since there's a pretty good chance Apple will not pull this type of rabbit out of their hat.
They wrote a blog entry back in May that's actually pretty similar to this article re: showing all the app-centric use cases for an underlying messaging framework.
(Disclosure, I do not work at Layer but have been closely evaluating and testing their services for an app I'm building.)