This new trend of app splitting

silverfang77

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FourSquare splits checkins to its new Swarm app, Google splits document editing from Google Drive into a separate Google Documents app and now Facebook splits messaging away from its regular app into the separate Facebook Messenger app.

My question is, why? What is the drive behind all this splitting? Isn't it more sensible to have one app that does it all than to require people to download several other apps in order to retain functionality the first app once had?

The FourSquare split to Swarm was a dealbreaker for me and I now use Facebook to checkin instead. I'd ditch the other two, but am sort of locked in with them.
 

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Interesting....My guess is it is being driven by resources, a.k.a. ram. And possibly advertising, but the only real reason to split apps is because they've become resource hogs.

64-bit archictecure DOES fix this....but he manufacturers will need to stop wasting money on quad-hd screens and start putting more ram (and storage) in our phones.

This is part of the reason I've held off on getting a new phone - I'm pretty sure I'll have performance issues with just 2 gigs of ram in no time.
 
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That's a good point. I agree that phones need more RAM and storage, especially if they want to stop supporting microSD.

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