Smartphone Application Overview

The app, short for the smartphone application, is a standalone program for a mobile device, including iPhone, Android and Windows based devices. Just like the programs on your computer, there are several types of applications: work and play, free and paid, simple and sophisticated, off-the-shelf and custom. So when Apple registered the famous slogan "There is an app," the message is that no matter what you want to do on the smartphone, you can find a way with the right app.

Built-in Application

To ensure that your smartphone immediately catches your eye, manufacturers can create a variety of applications. Although the exact application varies from phone to phone, basic functionality almost always includes apps for checking emails, web surfing smartphone applications, note-taking apps, and other utilities. In addition to being included in your smartphone, the most important difference from other applications is that you can not delete most of the internal programs. Unfortunately, some manufacturers include apps that you will never use - and the amount of free space on your smartphone is much smaller than expected, resulting in expansion software for unwanted apps installed in the factory.

Downloaded Apps

Installing applications downloaded from the Internet can extend the capabilities of your smartphone beyond the integrated ones. On the iPhone, the app comes from the App Store, and most Android phones use the Google Play store, but Android also supports the installation from other sites. Despite the term "store", many applications are completely free, and even paid apps often have a simplified rating. As an alternative to these two options, some developers also offer freemium applications, free for installation, but include add-ins or paid-for-offs. Freemium apps were compared to developers and mobile device users, with in-app purchases accounting for 98% of Play Store revenue at launch.

Web Applications

When Apple launched the iPhone for the first time, it did not provide developers with a way to create new applications, and the App Store did not appear until the second version of the system software. Instead, developers must create Web applications that run in the Web browser. Even today, many services still use web apps as a complement to or alternative to common native programs. Once loaded into a browser, such as Safari on an iPhone or Chrome on Android, a web app is like an application, not a website, providing a seamless experience for a mobile screen. For example, you can run a native YouTube app installed in the mobile store, or you can access the YouTube site in your mobile browser to get a web version with design and functionality similar to the native one.

Application for each task

The biggest difference between a smartphone application and a computer program concept is that almost every task on the phone uses the app. For example, on a PC, you can open the Windows Control Panel to change settings, view photos in a folder, and rearrange files without running a program. On a smartphone, each task uses a different program: a settings application to change system options, a photo viewing app for viewing images, and a file manager to organize documents. Even many services running in a web browser on a computer require a native application on the smartphone.

  • For example, you can not access the Netflix or Hulu site on your phone to watch movies, you need a Netflix application or a Hulu application.

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