Defining mobile app with brief and basic facts about mobile applications and a guide about its types


Mobile is the most rapid growing industry that attracts businesses from every marketplace. A mobile app typically considers as a unit of software used on a smartphone or mobile device such as the Android, iPhone. A mobile application (also called a mobile app) is a type of application specifically designed to run on a mobile device to provide additional complementary services. Usually, mobile apps are very small unit of software that mostly offers one or two functions/services. Even with such small size with limited functions mobile apps still manage to provide high quality execution. 

Basic classification of mobile apps:

Mobile applications may be classified by several methods. By recent studies mobile apps can be categorize in three sects:

  • Native apps
  • Hybrid apps 
  • Web-base apps 

Native app

The apps that targeted toward a particular mobile platform are known as native apps. Therefore, an app intended for Apple device does not run in Android devices. The main purpose for creating such apps is to provide best performance for a specific mobile operating system.

Hybrid app

The main concept of a hybrid version of app is a combination of native and web-based apps. 

These are made to support web and native technologies across various platforms. Moreover, these are faster to execute and it involves single basic code which works in multiple mobile operating systems.

Web-based app

A web-based app is the one that coded in HTML or JavaScript. So, internet access is required for proper execution of such apps. These apps usually required less space as compared to native and hybrid apps.

Types of mobile applications

Mobile applications come in many versions and with different features. Here are the most popular types of mobile apps that provides different services such as:

Gaming apps 

Gaming apps are the most popular category of applications. In 1997 Nakia first introduce a very basic snake game. This version of mobile app is for entertainment purpose for the users. Gaming apps are one of the most developed sect of applications as it provides thousands of different types of games for the people with different interests like beauty and decoration, educational, war and racing games. The most successful games like Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds become known all over the world.

Business or productivity apps 

such apps hold a large portion of the everyday market because as the dependency of people on phone is increasing rapidly to perform many basic or complex tasks on the go. Business apps are an easy and convenient way for boosting production and minimizing the expenses as it allows its users to complete a wide range of tasks, from buying new cartridges for office printers to recruiting a new office manager.

Educational apps 

These are some learning games that helps the users to gain new skills and knowledge. Educational gaming apps are an excellent tool for kids and preschoolers as they find it interesting and so they learn unconsciously while playing games.

Lifestyle and fitness apps 

This broad category of apps works as a fitness trainer with some kind of diet apps, workout plans (exercising routine) and drinking alarm app to keep your body hydrated and reminds you to drink water time to time. In lifestyle apps spans shopping, fashion, virtual fitting rooms, workout, dating, and diet apps. These apps basically focus on various aspects of personal lifestyle.

M-commerce apps 

Mobile commerce or M-commerce app provides online shopping facilities and it is to provide convenient access to the international products that are not available commonly.  

Entertainment apps 

This type is all about streaming, searching and chatting apps that keeps you connected world-wide. Social media apps like Facebook or Instagram are great examples.

Utility or billing apps

These apps are so obvious that we hardly even realize that we are using them. The most popular types of utility applications are barcode scanners, trackers, or healthcare apps.

Travel apps 

This category is to make traveling easy. Travel apps transform a guide or diary or an encyclopedia that provides everything you want to know about any site you are willing to travel. The other kind of traveling app is to book a cab and ride from your door steps like uber, careem etc


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