7BasicTypes on Android

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7 Basic Types transforms the experience of using your Android device. The 7BT system provides a way to store everything on one screen with a fixed number of folders.

The foundation of 7BasicTypes is the premise that all apps and application output falls into one of 7 categories. Any app you can think of belongs to one of the 7 Basic Types categories. 

Some apps may blur the lines a little bit, but if you think about the primary purpose of app you will see where it belongs.

With that knowledge in mind, suddenly any app can have a predetermined home, a place where it belongs by default.  


Where Stuff Goes

When thinking about which 7 Basic Types compartment an app should be stored in, think about the app's primary purpose. Many apps provide a mix of functions, but there is normally a primary function the app provides.

The following are some guidelines about what type of app should be stored inside each 7 Basic Types compartment:

Audio

Audio is where any audio related apps go. Naturally a music playing app goes in audio, but so do audiobook players and voice memos and musical instrument apps.

Examples: Music, HD Audio Recorder, FM Radio, Play Music

Conversation

The Conversation compartment is meant for apps that facilitate dialog between you and someone else, in all its forms. The phone app, an app that allows a voice conversation via VOIP, a chat app, or an email app. Any app related to online bulletin board systems, forums and social media where the focus is on communicating back and forth belongs in the Conversation compartment.

Examples: Phone, Messaging, Gmail, Facebook

Data

The Data compartment is for apps that generate or store key pieces of information about our lives. A weather app or an app that creates a online reservation for a flight booking, a car ride or hotel belongs in Data. If it's an app that returns fragment of data or provides a means to create new data - it will be stored in dates.

Examples: Clock, Calendar, Contacts, Sheets

Games 

From computerized card games to first person simulators, this is where to go to start playing a game.

Imagery

Apps that create or store still images like photographs, graphics or maps find a home in this compartment along with moving images like videos and animations.

Examples: Camera, Gallery, Photos, Maps

Text

If the app's primary function is to construct or tell a story with words then the app belongs in this folder. 

Examples: QuickMemo+, Chrome, Docs, Amazon Kindle

System Configuration

This folder is the storage location for anything that controls a setting for a user application and any utility that changes the look or functionality of the system. Settings, system informational apps, app stores, music stores - anything that will change how the system looks or operates is stored in System Configuration.

Examples: Settings, Play Store, File Manager

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