News & Info about Apps
App is an abbreviated form of the word “application.” An application is software program that’s designed to perform a specific function directly for the user or, in some cases, for another application program.
A mobile app is a computer program designed to run on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Most such devices are sold with several apps bundled as pre-installed software, such as a web browser, email client, calendar, mapping program, and an app for buying music or other media or more apps. Some pre-installed apps can be removed by an ordinary uninstall process, thus leaving more storage space for desired ones. Where the software does not allow this, some devices can be rooted to eliminate the undesired apps.
Mobile native apps stand in contrast to software applications that run on desktop computers, and to web applications which run in mobile web browsers rather than directly on the mobile device.
How many apps are there today?
This statistic contains data on the number of apps available for download in leading app stores as of January 2016.
Total Active App (currently available for download): 2,129,542
Total Inactive Apps (no longer available for download): 216,209
Total Apps Seen in US App Store: 2,345,751
Number of Active Publishers in the US App Store: 500,007
See the full list of app store metrics