"There's an App for that."
With Apple and, more recently, Android products dominating the mobile market, apps are on the forefront of people’s minds and available for download by the thousands right at their fingertips. With over 450,000 apps across the iPhone and Android markets, many of which are free, consumers have a wide range of products to download. And download they do. Earlier last month, the iPhone’s App Store reached its ten billionth download since its launch in mid-2008. In fact, in 2010 the American Dialect Society announced “app” as word of the year. But the question remains, what is an app?
I'm Emily Greenhalgh, a Boston-based science writer, editor, and illustrator.