Information in simple English


An app, which is short for "application," is a type of software that can be installed and run on a computer, tablet, smartphone or other electronic devices. For instance, Microsoft Word is a word processing application. Someone broadly classified Apps into three types: native apps, hybrid and web apps.



Biggest app stores are:

  • Google Play - international online store developed by Google for Andoid devices
  • App Store - Apple's App store for IOS and IPadOS.
  • Microsoft Store - introduce by Microsoft for Windows platforms.
  • Others:
    • Amazon Appstore - an alternative application store for the Android operating system.
    • BlackBerry World - the application store for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS devices.
    • Ovi (Nokia) for Nokia phones 
    • Windows Phone Store - introduced by Microsoft for its Windows Phone platforms.
    • Samsung Apps - introduced by Samsung .
    • The Electronic AppWrapper was the first electronic distribution service to provide encryption and purchasing electronically.
    • F-Droid — Free and open Source Android app repository.
    • Opera Mobile Store is a platform independent app store for iOS, Java, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, iOS, and Windows Mobile, and Android based mobile phones. 
    • There are many other independent app stores for Android devices.