Dinner with friends and family. They start talking about series and movies. Some recommend them to others, but when they get home, almost no one remembers. The youtuber Nikias Molina has created a perfect app for iOS to solve it. It's called kernel. It is free and has a database with more than a million movies and series, completely updated daily and according to each country, with all streaming services, data on the actors and release dates. Kernel allows you to create numerous playlists.
The app surprises with its careful design. The creation of the app took Nikias Molina and his team to work for two years: “people are subscribed to multiple platforms and it is difficult to navigate through them. Today there is no way to recommend movies digitally, but it is something we do constantly when we are with family and friends. So they created the app “with the concept of 'share and save' in a playlist. Playlists are part of music culture." Kernel can be used as a widget on the iPhone and as a complication on the Apple Watch that notifies you of expected releases.
Molina points out that in the two years to create the app “the most difficult thing has been to achieve simplicity. Sometimes it's easier to do something complicated than something super simple." “We have become obsessed with a design that allows anyone to open it and start using it. The changes and novelties in the series and films are automatic and are reflected according to countries. Titanic, for example, in the United States it is on Netflix and in Spain it is on Disney "and Kernel knows where you are from and gives you the service of your country."
Among the surprising features of Kernel, it stands out that it is free and that it does not carry annoying advertising that appears in other applications that are not paid for. “If we complained that people are already tired of being subscribed to many sites – says Molina – we thought we should make it free”. His idea is to "monetize it not with ads, but by advertising films from production companies, both large and small."
Molina notes that "there are very creative people who don't have a production company and that we can offer them a platform on which to promote themselves." Although the project goes much further on the following steps. “What we aspire to is the unification of all the platforms. That you don't have to have six or seven apps on your TV and that we unify everything in one”. Another step they want to take is a space for Apple's Vision Pro extended reality viewer that allows access from the Kernel to the best 3D movies on all platforms.
Despite his youth, Nikias Molina laments at the age of 24 that "young people only watch what is popular on Netflix and, although they may be very good, the culture of cinema and classic series that have to be seen has been lost ”. His Kernel app wants to remedy it. In just two days the third of the free apps has been placed in the App Store in the United States.