What is an App?
Apps, or mobile applications are programs that run on smartphones. An app can be anything from a game to an in-house corporate system.
Sophisticated apps often require a back-end infrastructure to communicate with.
What is an App Store?
An App Stores serve as digital distribution platforms that provide mobile software to mobile devices.
At present Apple’s iOS App Store has over 350,000 apps available for download and accounts for over 80 percent of the total revenue across all platforms. It generated over $1.7 billion in 2010 according to technology research firm IHS.
For comparison, the Android Market Place contains 100,000 apps and generated $102 Million in total revenues in 2010.
The App Stores for BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 continue to grow rapidly too.
IHS are anticipating the global market for mobile apps to rise by 81.5 percent in 2011 and reach $3.9 billion in total sales.
How are Apps different to Websites?
Apps, unlike mobile websites can interact with hardware in the smartphone. In many cases that means apps can take advantage of technologies like light sensors, motion sensors, GPS, sound for a much richer and interactive experience than you’d get on a PC.
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