The App Store

iPhone App StoreThe iPhone App Store has received lots of criticism over its app approval process, with many suggestions on how to improve the approval process. Many of these criticisms are indeed true, such as the lack of transparency in the app approval process and the seeming lack of a common approval standard, leaving developers at Apple’s mercy. However, I feel that the very nature of the App Store is the reason that such an approval process is indeed necessary, though of course I am not saying this is the best possible implementation or that the approval process cannot be further refined.

The App Store was introduced with the 2.0 iPhone firmware and it is largely applauded as a great success, sparking spinoffs on other smartphone platforms such the Windows Mobile Marketplace, Android Market, Blackberry App Store etc. However, it has certain features (I shall not use the word flaw since this is supposed to be a neutral post) that requires Apple to step in as a regulator to decide which apps makes it to the App Store. Continue reading The App Store

Spotlight on iPhone

Even though it has been over a month since iPhone 3.0 was released, I had always wanted to write a piece on the Spotlight feature in the updated firmware.

SpotlightSpotlight is the universal search for iPhone, much like Spotlight for Mac. And I love it. While Spotlight on Mac never gives the fast response of Quicksilver (probably due to it having to maintain a huge search index), the iPhone version is a lot snappier and actually acts as a viable app launcher. Not only that, you can also search through your emails (but not SMSes interestingly), contacts, Calendar appointments, notes and stuff in your iPod. The best part is, you can just double-click the Home Button to bring up spotlight and Boom, start typing (to do this, it requires you to change your setting under Settings > General > Home Button). It’s also “search as you type”, which means you often get the result you want without typing more than 3 characters. This is great, especially for those with pages and pages of apps and loads of content on your iPhone (/iPod Touch). Tip: you can also reorder your search results under Settings > General > Home Button > Search Results (not the most likely place one would look for such a setting, I know).
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