Hi all !
Recent posts about sailors leaving the boat got me thinking, how can we change things ?
The posts authors’ all had their reasons to leave, but they all complained about the lack of apps.
It is true that what makes an operating system is the applications, Amazon, Mozilla and Microsoft failed exactly because of this. I’m very glad that we have developers porting non native apps to SFOS, yet unfortunately it’s on their free time and they try to keep it up-to-date. The only, long-term, short human capital cost, solution to bring more official apps is for the companies to port their own. And this is the “strategy” I want to share with you.
Can’t tell if that’s everyone’s case but since I’ve started using SFOS I have always mailed the developer to ask for a native version of its app. 100% of the time I got a negative answer but my main goal was achieved : the developer knew there was something else out there.
Frankly speaking, and as many times repeated here, SFOS is not famous. And this is the reason why 99% of the companies don’t port their apps. (not famous therefore no possible clients)
My current strategy (maybe not the best, but the one adapted to my nonexistent technical knowledge) is to share the existence of SFOS. We are very fortunate to have a Youtuber talking about it and few articles here and there about how Huawei could have used SFOS… Clearly not enough for companies to get interested in. And the only way to make companies get interested in something is with benefits. So whenever I unsubscribe to a service that has a mobile app, on my feedback form, I explain that the reason why I left was due to the lack of a native application for SFOS.
I agree that the financial loss scale between one user leaving a service Vs. the cost to develop and keep on running an app is laughable.
To sum everything up :
- The lack of apps is a recurrent reason why sailors leave SFOS and why some never get in.
- If you can’t develop/port an app the only way to bring apps to SFOS is by asking companies to do so.
- The only way to motivate companies is with market loss/earnings.
- One cheap way to show a company that it is loosing clients/market share is by revoking subscriptions.
- My current strategy is to, whenever I’m leaving a service, specify on the feedback form that I’m leaving due to the lack of native app on SFOS.
And you ? What is your strategy to bring more users/apps to Sailfish ?
(I’m also checking if banks/public service can be legally forced to port their apps)
[Edit 8 April] Jolla answered some questions regarding the strategies here (07:33:41)