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Tech 101: What is an App?


An application, or app for short, is a piece of software designed to run on your smartphone, tablet or other smart device. Apps are created specifically for different operating systems, like Windows or Android, and can be downloaded through these operating systems' app stores. Some of the most popular kinds of apps are games, calendars, GPS navigators and banking apps. You can get a number of basic apps for free, while large apps with more functions will usually cost a small fee.

Benefits of Apps

  • Give you access to specific programs on the go.
  • Allow you to be more productive and do more when you're away from a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Keep you connected by letting you bring your social networks with you.


Smartphone and tablet apps

Tech 101: What is an App? - Sears