A mobile app which is also referred as mobile application or simply an app. It is a computer program or a software application which is designed to run on a mobile, tablets or watch. Apps are generally intended for productivity assistance such as email, contacts or camera. The public demands for apps caused rapid expansion into other areas such as mobile games, GPS, factory automation and location based services like order-tracking and ticket purchasing.
Apps are generally downloaded from application distribution platforms which are operated by owners of mobile (OS) operating system, such as app-store for (iOS), google play-store and desktop applications which are designed to run on desktop computers and web applications which run in mobile web browsers rather than directly on mobile devices.
Most of the mobile devices are sold with bundle of inbuilt applications such as web browser, email client, calendar, messaging, call and many more. Some of the apps can be removed by simple uninstall process and some of these can’t be removed from devices these only can be disabled.
Apps that are not inbuilt can be find on application distribution platforms as on app store in Apple and google playstore in android mobiles.
Mobile apps were originally offered for general productivity and information retrieval includes email, calendar, contacts and weather information. However, public demand and the availability of developer tools drove rapid expansion into other categories such as those handled by desktop application software packages. As with the other software the explosion in number and variety of apps made discovery a challenge, which in term led to the creation of wide range of review, recommendation and curation sources, including blogs, magazines and dedicated online app-discovery services.
With a growing number of applications available at app stores and playstore and the improved capabilities of smartphone, people are downloading more applications to their devices. Usage of mobile hass regularly in increasing number across whole world.
Types of Apps
Apps targeted toward a particular mobile platform are called native apps. An app intended for apple devices does not run in android devices. As a result, most business develops apps for multiple platform.
While developing native apps, professionals incorporate in best in class user interface modules. this accounts for better performance, consistency and good user experience. Users also benefits from widder access to application programming interface and make limitless use of all apps from the particular device. They also switch over one app to another effortlessly.
The main purpose of creating native apps is to ensure best performance for mobile operating systems.
These capture minimum memory space in user device as compared to native and hybrid apps. Since ll the personal databases are saved on the internet servers users can fetch their desired data from any device through internet.
The hybrid app is a mix of native apps and web-based apps. These apps are developed using Apache cordova, Xamarin, react native, sencha touch and other similar technology fall into this category.
These are made to support web and native technologies across multiple platforms. These apps are easier and faster to develop. It involves use of single code base which works in multiple mobile operating system.