What Is A Mobile App?

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What Is A Mobile App?

You’ve probably heard the term Mobile APP over the last couple years and may have felt “out of the loop” so to speak. Well that’s probably because you don’t own a smart phone, because if you did, you would have a lot of “APPs” on it. APPs is an abbreviated term for applications, or formerly known as software programs. The term “APPs” became widely accepted after Apple opened their Mobile APP Store that offered for sale – games, music, and software programs for its iPhone and iPod devices. But now “APPs” is ubiquitous among all smart phone producers and software designers.

As far as a mobile app is concerned they are generally smaller, less intensive programs that can be installed on a user’s smart phone. Many smart phone users have dozens of these APPs installed on their smart phone. Because of the streamlined programming for these apps, quickly opening and closing them, one after the other is a common practice and is inherently characteristic of all OS platforms.

Let’s take the iPhone as an example. When you first buy one there are actually a few mobile apps installed already. A browser for example, which will allow you to surf the Internet. Apple owns their own browser called Safari and it’s on all iPhones. There are also other standard APPs on the iPhone such as the calendar, a clock, a YouTube browser, a compass, and a calculator. The world of APPs is really pushed by the software programmers that develop new applications based on one or more OS platforms. The most popular mobile APPs work on all mobile platforms including the iPhone, blackberry, and Android smart phones.

Some of the more popular mobile APPs come from existing online businesses that create APPs that help with traffic and usage of their website. Twitter and Facebook each have their own APP that you can download on any phone, which will allow a more simple user interface specifically designed for use on small touch screens. There are also book reading APPs from Apple itself called iBook, and Kindle has its own APP as well allowing you to read books from Amazon on your cell phone!

You could probably go to any of your favorite websites, news organizations, or games and find an application for them. CNN, NBC, the New York Times, they all have one. And it’s not just reading because a lot of these APPs are real tools. Some of which you can talk to, draw or paint on – at least in a digital sense – create music, and learn from via video training or other online courses. Need a recipe? Yep – you can download recipe programs that help you decide what to make based on what’s in your fridge. Need to squeeze in a quick practice game of chess before your next class? There’s lots of chess games in the APPs store, and the business of creating games for mobile APPs is actually a massive industry unto itself.

One of the reasons why these apps are so popular is because they’re usually pretty inexpensive to buy, some of them even free. Sure you can spend maybe 20 or 30 bucks for a few of them but most are around $0.99 to $5. That makes it pretty easy for the consumer to buy these mobile APPs thus creating more sales and consistent profits for smart phone manufacturers.

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