I just find it ironic as it flies in the face of chauvinism and hubris.
How so? Isn't this just an answering to demand? I find very little app's in my language (Dutch) but I think that's just because the demand is low.
Or do I understand you wrong?
You are right...it is a market driven response. The number of Orthodox Greeks in America is greater per
Much news (propoganda?) on how well the Russians code plus all the cyber crime linked to their country, I would think there would be 'good guy' coders that would do a few apps for The Church and yet the few Orthodox apps there are for English practitioners.
No biggie, just funny.
It's not only the amount of coders, that is after all the supply end of the deal. And yes there might be enough Orthodox people in Russia as well. But how many have smartphones (much needed for these apps) and how many of these use them for Church related apps. When the device is only seen as a communication device. or in some cultures it could be frowned upon to have Church related apps on a device like a phone. In some cultures fair might play a role in this, fair of who can see what apps you installed on this, by some less understood, device. Even these little things, among many more, different from culture to culture and from culture lived in an other culture, can make big differences.
But being part of the Coptic Church (in which people pretty much are glued to there smartphones) I actually have most Churchbooks as ebooks in my ebookreader on my phone. That way everything is nicely found in 1 spot.
Would it be so bad to have the Divine Liturgy in a booklet so that newbies like me can follow well? Would it detract from worship?
If "yes" then you are right. But we are no longer an illiterate people. So if yes, then what's the difference if it from a piece of paper or electrons on a screen?
My iPad has an excellent Orthodox Study Bible in it, with daily prayers and follows the Greek Calendar for the Daily Gospel Reading. I have a Pray Always app,but Greek again. There are several Coptic apps, as you point out, but I've found no Russian apps in English.