There are hundreds of thousands of apps in Apple’s app store. If you add the apps present in the Google Play Store for Android, then we’re getting close to 1 million between the two most popular mobile platforms.
Do we need that many? No.
In fact, a lot of apps that come standard on smartphones and tablets are annoying or useless. (If you’re like us, they immediately go into a “junk” folder on your screen.)
We put together a list of apps we wish would die.
We love reading magazines on our iPad, but we hate how the Newsstand app is anchored to the home screen.
Why can't we put it in a folder? Why can't this feature be rolled into iBooks? We don't know the answer, but we wish Newsstand would go away.
Pulling videos out into its own app wasn't a smart move. It just adds another app that we never click. Previously, 'Videos' was rolled into the iTunes app. We never used it back then and stuff don't use it now.
We prefer using a third-party Video app, like OPlayerHD (iTunes: $4.99). This way we can watch many more video formats and aren't simply stuck with iTunes.
Game centre is a native app on iPhone, iPad, and now Macs that lets you compare game scores and other achievements with your friends.
We never, ever use it. It may be fun for some people, but we'd prefer Game centre to be an optional app.
We understand that there is an audience for voice memos so we don't think this one should necessarily disappear. But we do think that the Voice Memos app is in need of a revamp.
There are third-party apps that have greater functionality and features that trump Apple's stock app. Also, we've heard reports from several people that there's a bug in Voice Memos that deletes recordings without warning.
For now, we'll stick with Evernote's recording function.
We rarely use the photos app, it's just easier to go into the camera and view all the photos we've just taken.
These two apps should be bundled together.
Apple's stock weather app is so plain and often inaccurate in our experience. We'd much rather use Dark Sky, Weather Channel, or another app that is beautiful and provides more features than simply the high and low temperatures.
Android has this feature built-in now. There is no reason for Task Killer apps to even exist anymore. It's not like they provide greater capabilities. They all do the same thing.
Why do all the stock mail apps exist? If you want to add another service you should be able to download that other service.
All we need in Android is Gmail.
A year later it's hard to believe that Passion still exists. The app uses the iPhones accelerometer, microphone, and gyroscope to measure your performance in the bedroom.
Passion gives you a rating from 0 to 10, 10 being the highest. Then you can go online and see how well you did against the rest of the world.