Let's Look At Mobile Apps
A mobile app is a software program you can download and access using your phone or tablet. If you have a smartphone or another mobile device, you probably use apps.
- To play games – Get turn-by-turn directions – Access news, books, weather, and more.
To download and use an app you'll need a smartphone or tablet with internet access. Not all apps work on all mobile devices. Once you buy a device, you’re committed to using the operating system and the type of apps that go with it. The Android, Apple, mobile operating systems have app stores online where you can look for, download, and install apps. You have to use an app store that works with your device’s operating system. Usually, you set up an account, you'll have to provide a credit card number if you’re going to download an app that isn’t free.
You can access the internet using a data plan tied to your phone service, or through a Wi-Fi hotspot, at home, the library, hotel, many restaurants, and cafes.
Wi-Fi connections usually are faster, but you have to be in the range of a hotspot to use one. Most public Wi-Fi hotspots like those in coffee shops, airports, and hotels – don't encrypt the information you send over the internet and are not secure.
With a home wireless network, you'll need to pay for internet access and a wireless router, and you’ll want to take steps to secure the network.
Some apps are distributed for free through app stores, their developers make money in a few ways:
- Some sell advertising space within the app.
- Some apps offer their basic versions for free if you like the app enough you might upgrade to a paid version.
- Some apps allow you to buy more features within the app itself. You might be billed for these in-app purchases through the app store. Most devices have settings that allow you to block in-app purchases.
- Some apps are offered free by a company to access their services, banking, shopping, hotel booking, ride apps…
- Many apps are a form of advertising.
How Get Apps
- Downloading Apps on Android by MakeUseOf.com – So you’re new to Android, and you’re trying to find where you go to download apps? We understand that it can be confusing at first, so we’d like to step you through all your options.
- Use the App Store on your iOS devices, Apple TV, or computer – Use the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV (4th generation), or computer to purchase and download apps, see your previous purchases, and more.
Here Are Some Apps I Use Regularly
- Google Photos – Your photos and videos will be automatically backed up and organized, so you can find and share them faster and you'll never run out of space on your phone.
- Google Maps
- Gboard — a new keyboard from Google
- How to use Gboard
- Gboard – the Google Keyboard – Android Apps on Google Play – Gboard has everything you love about Google Keyboard—speed and reliability, Glide Typing, voice typing, and more—plus Google Search built in.
- Gboard — a new keyboard from Google on the App Store – Gboard is a new keyboard from Google for your iPhone. It has all the things you would expect from a great keyboard — GIFs, emojis, and Glide.
Facebook alternative apps
- On Android Folio Classic (a.k.a. Folio Pro)
- Top 5 Facebook Alternative Apps For iOS Devices by techwiser.com
- Google Opinion Rewards Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credit with Google Opinion Rewards, an app created by the Google Surveys team.