I'm the worst, look at what happened to me.......
The updates are keeping the game fresh for a lot of people, if you dont like it then you can revert to the older versions and play on that. I'm sure you could find a server that runs old MC for nostalgia reasons
As it is right now is the right way to do it. If Mojang were to start making "Modpacks" and "Addon's" It would be only a matter of time before it becomes a way for them to gain money EG.
$3.99 For Technic Mod Pack
[Not that it would happen for that modpack]
But as it is right now is the best way, people can add modifications to the game if they like and Mojang will continue producing more updates to keep it fresh for the regular user. If it to be any other way I would have left a long time ago
PS. If you dont like the Updates just dont update
I got banned once from a small survival server because I had beaten the Owner in a PVP Battle.
I actually enjoyed playing on that server for the small time I did but didn't know the owner was like 12
King Sized Bed, Beast of a Computer, Playstation, Couch
Those kind of things would just be great
Ive seen and used the app before but that was long before Multiplayer came out for MCPE. So far looking through the issues that people have with the app , are that hosting a server is laggy to near not possible after more than one person joins
I wouldn't look at it as a permanent hosting option but do have a look at it.