Mobile 101: This post is part of our educational series on mobile technology. If you are new to the smart phone/app arena, this series is a good place to start.
What’s an App?
The term “App” is short for application. Apps are little bits of software that live on your phone – designed to enable you to easily do an endless number of things from your phone like checking the weather, finding movie times, taking photos, or reading the news.
My 1 year old son is obsessed with the apps on my phone. He knows that if he gets antsy enough in a restaurant, my phone will show him Sesame Street. He drags his sticky fingers across my screen as he video chats with his Aunt Anne.
The other day, my wife found him holding her phone and softly whispering “Anne?, Anne?”.
Where Can You Get an App?
You typically get an app through an app store. There will be an app store icon installed on your smartphone.
Tap on the app store icon. Do a search for whatever kind of app you are looking for, tap install, and it downloads within seconds.
Many apps are free to $.99 while some can cost north of $10.
Can’t I Just Use the Web?
Smartphones are leading the change in how we connect to “the internet.” Phone and tablet screens are typically smaller than computer monitors, so most websites are clunky to use via a phone. Compare the screen shots below:
Apps work better than the web on phones because, well, apps were designed for phones. They’re faster and more functional way to complete a task.
Apps Aren’t Going Away
The marketing machine for apps is starting young, and ain’t stopping. Just ask my son.