Roku has designed an app to help deal with app overload.
It's not too hard to trace our digital lifespans back to the time when we first became app-happy. Credit the launch of Apple's App Store in 2008 for introducing us to a whole slew of options from checking out the weather and looking for restaurants to accessing Facebook accounts and playing a tinny digital piano.
But now we have an app for almost everything as more of those tiled icons populate the displays of our smartphones every day. Want to see a digital rendering of your home undergoing an interior renovation? There's an app for that. Trying to organize your downtime? Yep, there's an app for that. And while on the topic of downtime, need to hook up with someone? Well, there are several apps for that depending on your proclivities, orientations, and possibly even shoe size.
But if you've had it up to here with apps springing up everywhere, with the likelihood that one for seeking locations of kazoo players will pop up anytime soon, and are absolutely over loaded by toggling through that icon jungle, guess what? There's more than one app to declutter that digital mess.
According to Fast Company, the latest one by digital media firm Roku is designed to cut down on the scrolling and button-pushing among users hungering for streaming content. In this case, Roku consolidates all the options you see on other apps under one roof, such as what's offered on cable channels Epix, Showtime, Starz. They also charge the service directly to the user, with the need for a digital middleman. It appears to be a trend that's been long overdue since Apple is looking at a similar service.
Consolidation is one way, but there are other recently-introduced apps that involve weeding out those other choices littering virtual real estate on your mobile. For news content, Flipboard is still one of the most popular news filters out there. It basically curates current events reports according to your specific tastes and needs and shows up on your screen for instant perusal. Smartsheet is a more job-oriented management platform designed to be a central hub housing other apps to allow for a faster experience in a system housing everything under one roof.
But if you don't want yet another application to deal with, there's always the old-fashioned way of spending some time to clean out the ones you don't need. The good news? There's no app for that.