An application software (app or application in short) is basically computer software devised to carry out a group of synchronized functions, tasks, or activities for the welfare of the user. App is an abbreviated form of the word “application” that are not pre-established and are usually available through marketing platforms called app stores which came in use in 2008. Additionally, apps are associated with mobile personal use. Examples of an application includes:
- Word processors
- Database programs
- Web browsers
- Development tools
- Image editing programs
Examples of application software includes:
- Microsoft suite of products (Excel, Office, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Internet Browsers like Firefox, Safari and Chrome.
- Apps built for mobile platforms such as Google play, App store (iOS), Microsoft store (digital), Amazon Appstore, BlackBerry World etc.
- MySQL, Oracle and MS Access.
- Notepad which every Windows user is familiar with. A simple text editor which works with plain text.
- File Explorer is built into Windows and helps users browse and manage all files stored on their computer.
- Dictionaries: Encarta, Britannica.
- Auto CAD
Let us discuss some of the best of Google for your phone and tablet.
- Google Play: Google Play (earlier known as the Android Market) is an online software store internationally developed by Google for Android devices. From October 2008, it came in use. In July 2013, the total number of apps downloaded via the Google Play Store exceeded 40 billion out of the over 1 million apps available there. As of 2016 September, according to the statistics, the number of apps available on the Google play store surpassed 2.5 million. The play store produced a total revenue of 5 billion U.S. dollars by the 2016. The Google app keeps you in the know about the things you care about in the day-to-days life. It helps you find quick and immediate answers and lets you explore your interests with personalized updates in your news feed. The more you use the Google app, the better it eases your life.
- Duo: Duo is a simple one-to-one video calling app for everyone to make communication easier. It helps you to get closer to everyone with simple, high quality video calling on iOS and Android developed by Google. It makes your video visible with knock knock option. It was worldwide released on August 16, 2016. Duo is basically phone number based, allowing users to call someone they want from their contact list. In March 2018, Duo added video and voice messages where a user can leave a message of 30 seconds long for unavailable contacts which then can be viewed by the other person with the calling back option. The easy thing to say here is that Duo is taking on Apple’s Face Time because it’s faster when compared. But it’s also mobile-only app where it takes some effort to convince your friends and family to install one more app.
- YouTube: YouTube lets you see what the world is watching, subscribe to channels you love, rate, share with friends, and watch on any device. It offers a wide range of user-generated and corporate videos. Available content includes several video clips, popular TV show clips, musical videos, short movies or documentary films, movie trailers, etc. Public users can only watch some videos on the channel, while private users (registered users) are allowed to upload unlimited number of videos to their channel and add several comments to videos. Google AdSense is a program which uses ads and let YouTube earn advertising revenue. Both private individual users and large corporate companies have made use of YouTube to grow their audience and make some earning.
- Gmail: The Gmail app offers real-time notifications, multiple account support and inbox search. It is a free, advertising- supported email service provider developed by Google. By the end of February 2016, Gmail had acquired 1 Billion active users around the world and it hit the record of the first app on the Google Play store to reach 1 Billion installations on any android devices. Also there are storage limits to single Gmail messages which said one message including all attachments cannot exceed 25 megabytes. Later in March 2017, it was changed to allow receiving of any email up to 50 megabytes, with the limit of sending email up to 25 megabytes. In order to send files with large data, every user can use Google Drive to insert files. Some of the features of Gmail are:
- Offline support
- Changing your inbox view
- Open Attachments from the Homepage
- Hover-Activated Trash and Snooze
- Smart Reply
- Better Spam Flags
- Google Chrome: Google Chrome is often regarded as the most popular and the fastest browser till now developed by Google which is regularly used by millions of people to gather day-to-days information. Chrome is a free internet browser officially released by Google on December 11, 2008. Its features include:
- Task Manager for your Chrome Browser
- One box for search, address, and history
- Upgraded tabs like “Pin Tab”
- Incognito browsing
- New support for web applications
- Synchronize bookmarks across browsers
- Google Maps: Google Maps is a web mapping service started by Google which offers satellite imagery and street Maps, real time traffic condition. It collects data from different sources and it is one of the best inventions that has happened till date in terms of mapping and navigation. Basically, Google Map gather data through asking questions using surveys and conventions.
Some of its uses are:
- It offers satellite imagery
- 360° panoramic views of streets (street view)
- Real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic)
- Route planning by traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.
These above mentioned apps play a vital role in the development of human’s life by providing the necessary information and making life easier. Google apps has been on the right track for many years and this proves that Google’s strategy is working exceptionally well.