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Definition: online app store

A website for downloading free and paid applications to smartphones, tablets and computers. Launched with the iPhone 3G in 2008, Apple's App Store popularized the concept of an online store for downloading applications. Following are the app stores that are terms in this encyclopedia:

 ANDROID ---------------------

    See Google Play.

    See Amazon Appstore.

    See Galaxy Store.

 APPLE -----------------------

   iPhone/iPad/iPod touch
    See Apple App Store.

    See Mac App Store.

 BLACKBERRY ------------------
    See BlackBerry App World.


    See Chrome Web Store.


   Microsoft Store
    See Microsoft Store.

App Stores Are Everywhere
Smart TVs have built-in apps, and third-party apps are available from the vendor's own online store.