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App-timal Timing: How Appsurfer Restores Phone Space

AppSurfer changes the way smartphone and tablet users access apps. Working straight from the cloud, AppSurfer frees up cluttered devices and memory so you can go back to filling them with photos of cats and other pets. But probably just cats.

 

Why we love it

Alright, people, bare with me. This post is going to contain many instances of the word ‘app’ – possibly too many instances – but that’s what you get when you’re dealing with the most metafictional example of technology of all time. Okay, here goes.

AppSurfer is an app that removes the need to download multiple apps to your smartphone or tablet. Essentially, AppSurfer frees up space by placing all of your apps in the cloud, meaning that users can access them instantly and without having them take up reams of memory on whatever piece of technological kit you happen to be working with.

Lets face it, this is useful, even if a bit confusing. Using AppSurfer should, in theory, reduce your phone or tablet’s battery consumption, helping it last longer in between recharges. Essentially, this is an absolute necessity for anyone with an Apple product (sorry Tim Cook, but your batteries – what is that about?) although Android and Windows users might not care as much. Ironically, the platform is only available on Android, so tough luck, Apple fans – your batteries are going to be as bad as ever.

In all honesty, it’s hard to know what to make of AppSurfer. Yes, it has obvious merits; it’s the app you would use to tidy your phone if your mom instructed you to clean it like she used to tell you to clean your room. It keeps everything neat. Which is great, if neat and tidy is something that really does it for you.

AppSurfer’s main argument seems to fall into the line that people’s phones are cluttered with apps. Cluttered is a strong word; I for one know multiple people – and don’t judge them – who like to color coordinate their apps. Seriously. In a way it feels a bit like AppSurfer imagined a problem and then decided it needed fixing. What happens if AppSurfer stops working? Do users need to have back-up apps? Or back-apps? Still, that said, people do also choose to have their houses cleaned and their teeth whitened; perhaps this isn’t a stretch too far to suggest that the masses will also want an app to keep their digi-space spick and span.

Okay, so this is obviously a bit cynical. If the app can reduce battery draining then great, sign me up. But, for people who don’t really use their smartphones as mobile “content storers” AppSurfer seems a bit redundant. Give it a go if you have more photos than you know what to do with. Or, you know, delete some.

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@AppSurfer is an app that removes the need to download apps. It’s a bit meta, but we like it. Perfect if your device needs more space

Author : Oliver Griffin

Oliver Griffin is a Staff Writer at Publicize, which is a startup aiming to change the way companies approach PR. Publicize has worked with a dozen+ Y Combinator startups and leading brands such as Hallmark Cards.

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