After spending some time with the Adobe Photoshop app for the iPhone – it leaves a strange taste.
Yes, the app is simple enough that users can edit photos quickly. The app has replaced my other photo editing apps – but I’m still using ToyCamera for most of my photo purposes.
What I like:
Simple, but effective photo editing options.
I love, love, love the ability to tint my photos – a very cool way to take a simple photo and really make it pop as though it was taken with a color flash.
What I don’t like:
Overall – I really don’t like that Photoshop for iPhone tries to be an all-in-one. Why should Photoshop try to be what it is not? Photoshop for the desktop is used for editing images. The app tries to also be a place for taking photos (but offers nothing beyond the normal camera) and for sharing photos (why go up against all the other sharing apps).
And, just a simple thing, but why does Adobe offer a different icon for the mobile Photoshop – I miss the opportunity to have a beautiful, aqua-styled icon like the feather icon used for desktop app.
Adobe’s app should be an extension of itself. Why go up against photo-taking apps? Why go up against photo sharing apps? That’s more to worry about. Adobe should focus on what it does best – elegant and complex, yet simple to use image editing.
Mobile phone users talk and share more often with friends than people using traditional media, says Pew’s latest research on tech and social.
And that’s just one bit of interesting stuff I discovered in this recent Pew report “Social Isolation and New Technology.”
Here’s an excerpt on mobile versus traditional communication:
- Traditional media: The average person sees each member of their core network 210 days of the year, talks to them using a landline telephone on 125 days, and sends each core network member an average of 8 letters or cards.
- ICTs: If they have a mobile phone, the average person talks to each core network member by mobile phone on 195 days. Email users send messages to each core tie on 72 days of the year. If a person uses text messaging (SMS), on average they send text messages to each core network member on 125 days. Those who use instant messaging contact core ties by IM on 55 days of the year. Of those who use social networking services (SNS), SNS are used to message each core tie an average of 39 days each year.
Mobile phone software developers are slow to add social network links into address books while Facebook can (and is) running towards the end zone with the social football.
While companies like Apple have not included social links into address books – Facebook (in its v3.0 app for iPhone) makes it quite easy to call your fellow friends, follow their tweets and see other social activities (which will only develop further given Facebook’s recent acquisition of Friendfeed).
iTunes 9 arrived this week and did not offer as many social features as people were guessing would arrive. While Apple’s address book remains social-less, Palm Pre has a pretty social rolodex.
And, here’s some recent research about social + address books + cell phones:
- Thomas Hussen, a researcher at Forrester, writes more questions than information as he discusses social address books and the connection of those friend lists to mobile phones.
He writes, “It is not clear yet who is best positioned to tap into consumers’ social address books but it is quite clear mobile phones offer a great potential as they are not only communication devices but increasingly consumption and creation tools.”
His premise: “For years, mobile network operators have invested billions of dollars in networks, subsidized phones and targeted marketing campaigns. Yet they have neglected one of the most used applications on the mobile phone: the address book.”
Are mobile devices the newspapers of the future? Fluent Mobile Founder and CEO Michael Adler believes so, and his new iPhone app, Fluent News, debuted in the app store today. We asked him a few questions about mobile+media.
Why build an app built on news information?
Fluent Mobile has developed proprietary algorithms for organizing, aggregating, and delivering dynamic mobile content. We chose to initially apply our technology to the news space for several reasons, but one of the key factors is the high volume of users that are already reading news over mobile devices. A recent Comscore survey found that more than 22 million people in the U.S. access news each day using a mobile device. The same survey found that more than 60 million people in the U.S. access news over mobile on a monthly basis. Furthermore, the penetration of news over mobile is even larger on “higher-end” mobile devices. Another survey found that nearly 85% of iPhone users read news on their phone. Fluent Mobile believes that the number of mobile news readers is very likely to significantly increase as well.
How do you feel this app fits in with the future of media?
The numbers above actually speak to an important and exciting shift in how people get their news. We are in the middle of the transition from paper to desktop to mobile. The transition from paper to desktop has already happened, and we are in the middle of the second step right now. Fluent News is helping to define that transition. Specifically, Fluent News is the first and only iPhone application to aggregate exclusively made-for-mobile content from the most trusted news sources across the Web into a single, easy-to-read and up-to-the-minute mobile newspaper.
What do you think about the future of newspapers? Of media organizations? Of media?
It is both an exciting and scary time for the newspapers and media organizations. People are increasingly expecting ubiquitous access to all information, and the dynamic nature of news creates significant such demand in the news industry specifically. However, this does not mean that people do not care about the quality of the content that they read. There will always be a place for high quality, professionally sourced and verified content. As long as media organizations can keep pace with the changes in how news is delivered, there will be a central role for them. We think of Fluent Mobile as a partner to the media organizations as they navigate this challenge in response to people’s changing demands and needs for a better mobile experience.
A new mobile news aggregating application was released today in the app store for iPhones and iPod Touches.
Fluent News is made by Fluent Mobile and the Fluent’s founder and CEO, Michael Adler, says it “is the first iPhone and iPod Touch application to aggregate exclusively made-for-mobile content from the most trusted news sources across the Web into a single, easy-to-read and up-to-the-minute mobile newspaper.”
Fluent News can also be accessed through other mobile devices at http://www.fluentnews.com. The iPhone app fetches information from multiple news sources, but here are some of the interesting features: article sharing (through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail), offline access, ability to compare coverage by multiple sources for the same story.
The Fluent News app is available free and click here to visit the app in Apple’s App Store. Click here to see a demo video on YouTube.