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A Rough Guide to Interpretive Apps

A Rough Guide to Interpretive Apps

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If you're new to the world of apps then it can be quite daunting to know where to start. We've put together this short document to answer questions such as what is an app, how many apps have been sold, are apps cross compatible and how much do they cost?
If you're new to the world of apps then it can be quite daunting to know where to start. We've put together this short document to answer questions such as what is an app, how many apps have been sold, are apps cross compatible and how much do they cost?

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A Rough Guide to...Interpretive Apps
 
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A rough guide to
Interpretive Apps
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
facing 
, 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.
 
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Operating systems include:
Apple
Google Android
Blackberry
Symbian (Nokia)
Windows Mobile
PalmGoogle Android is the major competitor to Apple with the operating system beingloaded onto many of the most popular new phones from companies such as HTCand Samsung. Android phones tend to be cheaper to buy on contract and aretherefore a sensible alternative to the iPhone.
Are Apps cross compatible?
Currently each operating system has a variety of differences both in the way they arebuilt and the way that they are used which makes it impossible to create a single Appthat will work across all platforms. Whilst the iPhone is not the number one phone inthe smart phone market Apple have the advantage of having the other devices whichcan download Apps such as the iPod Touch and iPad. Collectively this makes Applethe most used platform for Apps. With the power of Google behind Android they are aclose second and therefore people tend to either produce a single iPhone App or both an iPhone and Android App.Creating an App for both Apple and Android platforms requires changes to both thedesign style and also time to develop each version separately. As a rough guide youcould expect almost twice the cost for creating the same App across both platforms.
How many Apps have been sold?
Over 470,000 are currently available in Apple’s App store, with over 10 billion havingbeen downloaded worldwide since its launch in July 2008 (Apple).The iPad was launched in April 2010 and now has over 60,000 dedicated Appsavailable with 35 million having already been downloaded (Reuters).The Android App store is catching up with 250,000 Apps available and over 4.5 billionhave been downloaded (AndroLib.com).

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