A mobile app ("app" is short for "application" or, more specifically, "application software") is a popularly accepted way of referring to a computer program that is available on a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet.

Today, apps also exist on watches, televisions and even in cars.

In fact, if you're reading this article on your phone or tablet, you're using an app right now because your web browser is considered a mobile app.

Examples of mobile apps include:

  • Calendars
  • Maps
  • Email and texting apps
  • Games
  • Apps for social networking like Facebook and Twitter

While the term "app" has been used by software professionals since the 1990s, it was widely popularized during a time known as the Mobile Revolution which began with the introduction of Apple's iPhone in 2007 and with the launch of its App Store the following year.

Getting a mobile app developed

The first step in getting your app made is finding the right company for the job. DevFinder makes this easy with the following resources:

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