David's Blog

Sep 23, 2010

The launcher is not the problem

Today, Daring Fireball posted a linkto Kevin Fox's analysis of how to fix the android Marketplace.

I disagree with both of them. I don't believe the launcher needs to be killed. Let's face it, a phone is no longer just a phone. It does 80% of the tasks that I used to do on a computer.

While using my mac I do not have a desktop (analogous to the home screen) shortcut to every single application that is installed. I have a few shortcuts on my desktop and dock and then use a 'launcher' to execute anything else that I might need.

Having every icon on my 'home screen' makes the same amount of sense on my phone as it does on my computer.

Now that being said, I do like Fox's analysis of what Apple does to get users to open the app store and Android handset designers could learn from that.