The cloud’s time to shine
It’s time to start building web apps. Native apps nowadays only have a handful of advantages compared to web based alternatives, but with new APIs and technologies are being developed to make web development better, we should start moving our apps to the cloud. A web version of Flipboard and Sparrow would provide cross-platform and easy way to distribute your app, which I may point out are already web centric as it is. It is only through the collective actions of developers the web and the future can move forward, but being stuck in native iOS and Android development, you are not only depriving other users of using your service, but also doing double the work. The web is the future, let’s bring it forward now.
An app like Currents should — particularly if it wants to actually be competitive with Flipboard or Zite — be pulling in news content from every source available, especially real-time sharing networks like Twitter and Facebook. Then it should apply smart filters and recommendations to those streams, to help news consumers sort and understand that information better. Instead, Currents feels about as innovative as your garden-variety app from a traditional magazine — in other words, not very innovative at all. More than anything, it feels like a giant missed opportunity.