Has the term "app" lost its general meaning of "application" for any computer and come to mean only "phone application"?
Has "App" Come To Mean Only "Phone App"?
Posted 14 August 2017 - 10:07 PM
As I perceive it, the term "application" has reference to a software program for a computer. The term "app" has taken on a modern meaning unto itself, being a small program that can be downloaded and runs only on cell phones or pads that does various things. I stand to be corrected if I am wrong.
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 04:29 PM
Weird, I always associated APP to mean application....dah!!
Posted 18 August 2017 - 01:52 PM
Yep, "app" is short for "application" but I have a mental differentiation as to when I'd use "app" over "application" and follows:
1) If it's for a phone / phablet / tablet, then I'll typically call it an "app"
2) If it's a small utility application to do a specific task on any device (including desktop / laptop computers) then I'd probably refer to it as an app
3) If it's a full software package (such as a game, word processing application, spreadsheet, flight simulator, etc, etc) then I'd probably use the full word "application."
This is just a mental distinction that I use for my own ends, and *not* an industry standard or definition provided by bodies such as the IEEE, CompTIA and so on.
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Posted 28 August 2017 - 05:47 PM
I’ve seen the word “apps” used in a TV commercial once, and it referred to appetizers.