Why Do We Call Our Apps ‘Apps?’

We were asked on our post about the use of IE6 why we choose to call our products (specifically Citizen Space) ‘apps.’ It’s a fair point, as iOS and Android applications seem to have a monopoly on the term ‘app,’ so why are we using it?

But apps aren’t just for mobile phones. It’s short for “application software” which simply describes a program that helps users perform tasks. Our products, like Citizen Space and Budget Simulator for example, do this, but just so happen to be hosted online. So instead of making apps designed to run on a mobile device (such as an iOS or Android application), we make apps which run in an internet browser. The concept of “web application” isn’t new either, it’s been around for over a decade and includes Webmail clients and Wikipedia.

So in summary, we make web applications. And it’s trendy that web, mobile and operating system applications (think Mac App Store) get shortened to “apps.” It also lets us increase productivity and reduce repetitive strain injury risk by typing seven fewer letters 😀

One thought on “Why Do We Call Our Apps ‘Apps?’

  1. You won’t find this in a dictionary, but we also think apps are ‘easy’. Easy to buy, easy to get started with, and easy to use. That means things like simple pricing, no complicated software to install, and good support.

    For us an app is also ideally usable across any device and operating system that has a web browser – so our aim is that you can use our apps on PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones, and on Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and other operating systems, and on the widest range of browsers we can afford to support (including, at great cost to us, IE 6) 😛

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