This Friday it’s Pre Christmas drinks with a few of my old collage mates, we do it every year, and every year we debate where should we go that’s not too busy where we can have a decent chat. Is there an app for that?
I downloaded the AA good pub guide and was very disappointed it was a list app and they look to have simply lifted the info and chucked it into the phone. The search tool was appalling and when I typed in London I could search London Gatwick, Heathrow or city airports but couldn’t drill down to Marylebone or Baker Street.
I resorted to the Google search app. PPC ads at the top that I skipped passed, checked out the map view with locations and skipped past that and went for the first natural search www.fancyapint.com
. Couldn’t open it on my mobile though as my service provider, Vodafone, informed me that it had age restricted content and I needed to speak to them to remove my restrictions to access the site. Back to the drawing board, and a couple more sites that I couldn’t access due to age restrictions. They don’t make it easy. Frustration ensued and I’m going to resort to the desktop when I get into the office. Not happy.
There is still clearly a discontent between the mobile web and apps when searching. For my immediate requirements It would be great if there was a natural integration of apps into the search so the results would direct you to the app store/ the HTML5 app or the mobile web site. It’s still a little clunky and although Google are delivering a rich and broad reaching search experience on mobile the rest of the infrastructure is letting it down. Maybe Siri
would have delivered a better experience but then again it would have probly stumbled at the last hurdle thanks to the pesky phone operators.