A Requiem for Mobile Apps

Camilo on August 25, 2017

Introduction Many of us create mobile apps for a living. Of all the software being made today, mobile apps have the saddest future. Li... [Read Full]
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Interesting article and points you've brought up.

I personally think it's okay to have a lot of software/apps die out. Technology moves ridiculously fast, whether for good or bad. If we use hardware as an example, there's so much hardware that's not useful to people anymore. Sure, an old typewriter is pretty cool, but if you can have a laptop you can do so much more than putting words on paper. Technology always gets better and better, and it's okay to have old software make room for the new.

I do think it would be pretty cool to have a museum of apps or something like that. How cool would it be to go to a museum and just play and use old technology? I'd go there almost every day! You can certainly learn a lot from the past, but I'm a believer that we don't need to dwell on past ideas forever to move forward.

If you do decide to make a museum of apps, let me know. I'll gladly be your first customer. :)


Haha! true.
Technology moves faster every day. Not every software/hardware can be preserved for future generations in a way they could experience it like today.

Some apps could be saved in an old iPhone. Like flappy bird that could still be played if you don't update your iOS.

A non digital museum could be created for this kind of technology preservation effort. But with the amount of apps being made today I think it's better a digital only form with videos, photos and documents. May be one with a bunch of phones like the Firefox OS so people know them better :).

Thanks for your reply.


Good point about the increasing dependency of modern apps on 3rd party services to make them work, and the likelihood of these services surviving. Do not despair however! If someone (or a team) really wants a technology to be preserved, they will go to surprising lengths to make it so: witness the number of retro (or not so retro) computer emulators that are created so old games can be played, or the frankly insane suggestion that the entire Windows API could be emulated so many, many older desktop apps work (hello wine!)...

Similar ecosystems /could/ be established for apps that need to be preserved for posterity, emulation of parse.com, Azure FaaS, whatever it takes, is possible (and likely much easier as they are documented now!)

Take heart, and save the docs :)


It´s true that if something worts preservation it will be preserved by people who cares.

I don´t know what new initiatives could be taking place in the future about this digital blackhole thing. But I hope that they succeed :).

Thank you for replying :)

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