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An “App Store” is a digital platform where users can browse and download various software applications, often referred to as ‘apps’. Originating from the concept of commercial bulletin board services in the early 1980s, App Stores have significantly evolved over the years. This progression includes the introduction of the first software distribution catalog, the Electronic AppWrapper, and various Linux[3] distributions with app repositories and package managers. The late 1990s marked the emergence of mobile app[1] stores like BeDepot, Palmix, and i-mode. This evolution continued into the 21st century with the establishment of smartphone[2] app stores and culminated in Apple’s introduction of the App Store in 2008. Today, App Stores are a vital part of the digital ecosystem, providing a platform for developers to distribute their apps and users to discover and download them. They also act as a feedback channel between developers and users, with user reviews helping to improve app quality.

Terms definitions
1. mobile app. A mobile application, commonly known as a mobile app, is a type of application software designed to run on a mobile device such as a phone, tablet, or watch. Mobile apps are typically classified into three types: native, web-based, and hybrid. Native apps are made specifically for a certain platform, offering superior performance but requiring specialized development. Web-based apps utilize standard web technologies and need an internet connection to function. Hybrid apps merge the features of both native and web-based apps. The development process of these apps involves consideration of device features and constraints, using specialized integrated development environments, and thorough testing. Mobile apps are primarily distributed through platforms like Google Play, App Store, and Microsoft Store. Additionally, in a business setting, Mobile Application Management (MAM) is used to control access to mobile apps and secure corporate data. Mobile apps have seen significant growth in usage and revenue, making them an essential component of the technology landscape.
2. smartphone. A smartphone is a multifunctional device that combines mobile telecommunication with computing technology. Originally designed for enterprise use, smartphones have evolved significantly due to advances in technology, such as MOS transistors, lithium-ion batteries, and data networks. Historically, smartphones were bulky and had short battery life. However, they now feature sleek designs, built-in cameras, GPS, LTE, and have access to various app stores. Smartphones utilize different operating systems, including Android and iOS, which have shaped the market dynamics significantly. Camera technology in smartphones has also advanced, leading to a decline in standalone camera sales. Today, smartphones support high-resolution photography and video recording. The global user base of smartphones has grown remarkably, with a majority of the world's population using these devices. Consequently, these devices have influenced market trends, including the adoption of mobile payments and NFC.
App store (Wikipedia)

An app store, also called an app marketplace or app catalog, is a type of digital distribution platform for computer software called applications, often in a mobile context. Apps provide a specific set of functions which, by definition, do not include the running of the computer itself. Complex software designed for use on a personal computer, for example, may have a related app designed for use on a mobile device. Today apps are normally designed to run on a specific operating system—such as the contemporary iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux or Android—but in the past mobile carriers had their own portals for apps and related media content.

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