A rough guide to
What is a mobile App?
‘Apps’ are small Applications that can be downloaded and installed on most smartdevices – particularly ‘smartphones’ such as the Apple iPhone.The term has only recently achieved mass proliferation however, with the enormousgrowth of the ‘mobile App’. This is largely thanks to Apple and the launching of their ‘App store’ for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Other stores have followed suit for Android phones, Blackberrys and Windows 7 offering Apps to their mobile devices.Apps can be downloaded directly onto the mobile or downloaded to a computer andtransferred to the device.
What is a smart device?
Smart devices now include all smartphones, many MP3 players (such as the iPodtouch), tablet PCs (such as the iPad & Samsung Galaxy) and laptop computers. Themobile phone market is moving away from the old ‘feature phones’ which cannothave their software updated to the smart phones.They normally feature:
A large, high quality touchscreen
Wi-fi / 3G compatibility and internet browsing
An accelerometer. A small element within the phone that allows it to know whatorientation and angle the phone is
GPS tracking. Most smart devices now include GPS that tracks where the mobiledevice is in the world. Many also come with a compass, meaning the device canpinpoint the direction in which it is
, in addition to its general location
Digital music and video players. Integrated MP3 / MP4 media players (e.g. theiPhone has an integrated iPod)
How many platforms exist?
Apple currently leads as they were the first to market Apps for their iPhone. However,other operating system are now competing successfully with their own App stores.