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The term "APP" is a shortening of the term "application software". A mobile app is a computer program designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices.

Apps are usually available through application distribution platforms, which began appearing in 2008 and are typically operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store, and BlackBerry App World. Some apps are free, while others must be bought. Usually, they are downloaded from the platform to a target device, such as an iPhone, BlackBerry, Android phone or Windows Phone, but sometimes they can be downloaded to laptops or desktop computers. For apps with a price, generally a percentage, 20-30%, goes to the distribution provider (such as iTunes), and the rest goes to the producer of the app. The same app can therefore cost the average Smartphone user a different price depending on whether they use iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry 10 devices.

Mobile apps were originally offered for general productivity and information retrieval, including email, calendar, contacts, and stock market and weather information. However, public demand and the availability of developer tools drove rapid expansion into other categories, such as mobile games, factory automation, GPS and location-based services, banking, order-tracking, ticket purchases and recently mobile medical apps. The explosion in number and variety of apps made discovery a challenge, which in turn led to the creation of a wide range of review, recommendation, and curation sources, including blogs, magazines, and dedicated online app-discovery services.

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  • AMAZON APPSTORE FOR ANDROID - mobile application store for the Google Android operating system and was opened on March 22, 2011. It was launched with around 3,800 applications. These applications can be either free or paid. 325,052 results as of December 03, 2017.
  • App Store - opened on July 10, 2008, with an initial 500 applications available. As of January 2017, the store features over 2.2 million apps. Digital distribution platform for mobile apps on iOS, developed and maintained by Apple Inc. The apps can be downloaded directly to an iOS device, or onto a personal computer via iTunes. Applications in "The App Store" are targeted at iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, and may make use of specific attributes of those devices, such as motion sensors for game controls and cameras for online video calling. Apps may be downloaded for free or for a set cost, and they may include in-app monetization (costs levied through buyable features and/or advertising). Apple takes 30 percent of all revenue generated through apps, and 70 percent goes to the app's publisher. Since its 2008 release, App Store has generated over $70 billion in revenue for developers.
  • APPOLICIOUS - Android & iOS app directory (browse by category) in association with Yahoo!.
  • BLACKBERRY WORLD - "Download apps to play games, check the weather, listen to the radio and more. Choose some free apps, or purchase one right from your BlackBerry smartphone."
  • DRAGON MOBILE APPS - provides BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch users with fast, accurate and easy-to-use voice-enabled solutions for emailing, texting, surfing the mobile web, and much more.
  • GOOGLE PLAY - launched on March 6, 2012. (Formerly the Android Market). The Google Play store had over 82 billion app downloads in 2016 and has reached over 2.7 million apps published in 2017. "Gives you one place to find, enjoy, & share Apps, Music, Movies & Books - instantly anywhere across the web & android devices. Google Play is your entertainment hub."
  • Hot App Finder - "The Hot App Finder automatically searches the Apple AppStore and finds the hottest apps for you!" Get the hottest apps of the Apple AppStore now!
  • How to Protect Your Privacy While Using PokÉmon Go & other apps - The New York Times.
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  • Samsung Apps & Entertainment - "Get the Ultimate Samsung Experience." Pump up your Samsung device with powerful services and apps to make your life a little easier and lot more fun.
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