Aug 5, 2011
Sometimes, you just have to throw your hands up and admit defeat. You have to take a step back and realise that no pithy introduction paragraph is ever going to be able to convey just how monumentally stupid an app is. In fact, the only recourse for a phone and technology journalist is to slowly and carefully explain precisely what an app does and why it is the single most useless thing they have ever encountered in their long years on this earth.
The app in question is Telescope. Its one function, if you can even call it a function, is that it zooms. It zooms to exactly the same resolution as the camera already on your phone. You’re downloading an app that does something your phone already does. And already does better. So why would you even bother?
It’s difficult to attempt to fathom the rationale behind Telescope’s existence. Most apps are created to fill a gap in the market, because someone sees something that a phone or a tablet doesn’t do and decides that they should make it do that. Or, they think they can create an app that does something that’s already possible, but better.
Telescope seems to take the opposite approach. The developers have found something that Android devices already do, and decided to make an app that does exactly the same thing. The only blessing is that it’s free, so no one’s going to make any money out of this ridiculous excuse for an app.
Who knows what doors Telescope will open? Perhaps app creators will start building applications that allow you to make crackly, easily disconnected phone calls, or ones that send SMS messages with characters missing. Maybe you could give your whole phone the same treatment by repeatedly jabbing the screen with a pen. The sky’s the limit, and thanks to Telescope, you’ll be able to zoom in and see it.