An app is a small computer program. The features are limited, it is being used on the smartphone, tablet or desktop PC. Common applications include image or text processing software and games.
The word is short for "application". Since the establishment of the iOS App Store in 2008, the term is often used interchangeably with "mobile app" – meaning that the applications work on mobile devices exclusively.
Angela Merkel may be powering ahead in the opinion polls. But millions of Germans still haven’t decided who they’re going to vote for. Luckily, an election app is on hand to help them make that decision -especially if they don't have time to read the manifestos of more than thirty political parties taking part in these elections. The app is called the Wahl-o-Mat, or Vote Match. Nik Martin reports.