What are Apps?

An app is the short-form for “application” and its main role is to bring new functionality to your device. It can also be described as a software program which allows to run specific tasks on your device and there are currently 8.93 MILLION mobile apps in the world!

When a device is turned on, the home screen will have a number of icons lined up across the screen. These look like small boxes with some sort of symbol in the center and the name directly below the icon. These are apps and by tapping on any of these icons, you can open the app and start to use the program.

Below is a photo of what app icons look like:

Different app icons

Why are apps important?

You may be wondering why it is important to have general knowledge about apps, and that’s fair! But if you have a device like a tablet, smartphone, or a laptop, apps are how you interact with the device. What we mean by this is, if there were no apps on your device, your screen would just be blank and you wouldn’t be able to easily navigate it, find information, or use your device for entertainment or communicating.