Appsters.docx - Appsters The next set of information you need to understand The basic App categories Gaming Apps Apps like Angry Birds Temple Run FIFA

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Appsters: The next set of information you need to understand The basic App categories: Gaming Apps: Apps like Angry Birds, Temple Run, FIFA Soccer, Farmville, and on and on are all classified as games. As the name implies, these apps usually contain immersive video and audio experiences designed to entertain the user like traditional video games. Unlike Xbox or PlayStation, gaming apps have much simpler controls. They rely entirely on touch and swipe gestures. Some times even movement of the phone as an additional control or input. Gaming apps tend to rely on heavily on 3D graphics processing capabilities of the phone and come with user interfaces that are custom designed and rendered by the app itself. 1
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Gaming Apps tend to be resources intensive, both in terms of memory and CPU time, but more importantly on battery life! Social Networking: Social networking apps are the mobile manifestations of websites like Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and Pinterest. Social networking apps enable users to view, update, post through their social networks in addition to updating them with photos, videos and text taken from the smartphone. Social networking apps go far beyond what you’d use on a laptop and often leverage the phones location functionality to connect with people physical near the device. In particular, apps such as Highlight and Grinder have pushed the social networking frontier forward by giving people the ability to use their phones to meet and interact with other people right around them. In general, dedicated social networking apps are less resource intensive than gaming apps as they tend to have very simple user interface, wit the major source of battery impact coming from the use of location services. In the mobile app-verse, social networking can also be viewed as a cross-cutting capability that has introduces social functionality to other app categories. Apps such as Path, Quora, and GroupMe are all apps that fall into other categories, but also include social networking functionality. Thus, you can look at social networking as capability that can be introduced to almost any type of app! 2
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Informational Apps: Apps that fall into this category are used to consume news, books, weather and other media on the smartphone.
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