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A Guide To Mobile Apps For First-Time Smartphone Buyers

By Rizwan Ahmad - 01 May 2013 No Comments
Many of us become confused when we start looking at our smart phones, or start hearing about applications. Historically, the applications that we know are software programs that are downloaded on PCs and laptops and provide certain functions in a business context. Applications in the mobile world are slightly different. Let’s have a look at what they are.

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A Guide To Mobile Apps For First-Time Smartphone Buyers
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Applications Add Functionality
Applications are a way to add functionality to one’s smart phone. They are downloadable programs that can be used on your phone to derive information, carry out tasks, and interact with the world; any Internet phone has apps available.

Applications Are Functionally Broad
Applications are available for many different purposes.
  • There are games, such as the famous Angry Birds, Tetris, Chess, and so on.
  • There are business functions, such as Documents To Go, which provides you with the opportunity to utilize Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint on your handheld device.
  • There are travel applications that facilitate smooth passage on the roads, rail networks, and buses. These provide information on delays, times, and so on.
  • There are organizer applications that provide calendars, appointment reminders, and can synchronize with other information in your handheld device.
Indeed, there are, on Android, over 700,000 applications that can do just about anything. These applications make your phone into your personal assistant, your banker, your entertainment system, and your life coach.

Which Operating System Is Best For Applications?
When looking at applications on different operating systems, you have to enter the store provided on the platform. Some applications are free and some you have to pay for. Many have a LITE version that offers a trial of an application with limited functionality to entice users to buy the full download.

At the moment, Android leads away with more applications and with more free applications. The iPhone also has several hundred thousand to choose from. Windows is still developing and will likely soon have a lot more. Blackberry’s operating system is still catching up with the other players in the industry and the applications on the device will no doubt increase in the future.
Overall, I would say that Android is by far the best platform for applications. There are far more.

Applications Are Here To Stay
Applications are developed for so many different purposes that the diversity of offerings is phenomenal. You can use an app to book a restaurant, or calculate the next leap year. Some applications are almost essentials these days, for example, the Facebook application. These apps provide amazing monetization opportunities for the developers and for companies looking to tap into the mobile market. It is exciting how far applications have come so far and how much there is yet to come.

Phil Turner has decided to buy an Internet phone, complete with apps. He decided that he needs to move with the times.
Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Phil Turner and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,


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