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The Google Maps app is seen on an Apple iPhone 4S on December 13, 2012
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Definition: Apps is an abbreviation for application. An app is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device. The word "app" is a more modern usage, but this is really the same thing as a program. 

Google refers to their online services as apps, but they also sell a specific suite of services known as Google Apps and have an application hosting service called Google App Engine.

Also Known As: applications, software, programs

Common Misspellings: ap, aps

Examples: You can download iPhone apps from Apple App Store and Android apps from the Android Market.

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