The unbundling strategy…
I understand and agree that Apps like Hangouts, Facebook Messenger etc. work better unbundled. But this is not always the case. For example, I like the idea behind Connected, but really can’t see the point of a separate App. It could be done using the present LinkedIn App plus Android Widgets or iOS Notifications. Specially now that iOS 8 will allow access to the Notification center.
Not to mention that it’s a risky strategy. Just take a look at the amount of negative reviews Foursquare now has in the App Store. The App dropped down to 2 stats after the release of Swarm, that, by the way has an 1.5 average rating.
Shareholders look happy… What about Page owners?
The Real Planet of the Apes (Documentary)
In the past Amazon would always bring new features for the Kindle hardware line and usually leave the iOS and Android Apps without them for a while. Now things are different. I see innovation and frequent upgrades coming to Apps and the ePaper eReader line is usually left behind. Specially the old models like my Kindle Touch that served me very well for a long time.
I really like that device, but since my purchased of an iPad mini retina I gradually moved all my reading to the tablet. Apple did a great job! The text looks super sharp and the brightness control is much better. But I’m only moving away from Amazon hardware. I keep buying my books there. They have the bast catalog, good prices and amazing technology like Whispersync.
What? Installation of an automatic missile warning and detection system on a commercial plain? What’s next? Missiles?
Ok Amazon, you got me once more…
I have a Kindle Touch with ads and saw a Special Offer for the book Tears in Rain. I love Blade Runner (you know that, right?), downloaded the sample, liked what I read and ended up purchasing the book. But this isn’t everything. After pressing the famous 1-Click® button I was presented to a new screen recommending an Audible professional narration for a reduced price of $1.99 (list price = $13.99).
This is the new narration inside the Kindle App and If I got it right I can even listen to the book using the independent Audible App with Whispersync. And yes, I also clicked the Buy for $1.99 button.
Anyway, Amazon is really doing an excellent job. I went to the site because of a book I didn’t know existed and ended up buying two items.