What is App Store? Briefly explain Types of App Store.

App Store

Apps were in the beginning planned for efficiency assistance such as email, calendar, and contact databases, but the public demand for apps caused rapid expansion into other areas such as mobile games, factory automation, GPS and location-based services, order-tracking, and ticket purchases, so that there are currently millions of apps accessible. Apps are in general downloaded from application distribution platforms which are operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, known as App stores. Most popular types of APP stores are such as Google Play Store and IOS App Store (iOS), explained in detail below:


Types of APP Store

1.Google Play Store: Google Play Store, in the past known as Android Market, is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google. It provides as the official app store for certified devices running on the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google. Google Play also serves as a digital media store, offering music, books, movies, and television programs.

The services integrated in Google Play are Google Play Books, Google Play Games, and in earlier times included Google Play Music before being discontinued in favour of YouTube Music and Google Podcasts in December 2020, Google Play Newsstand before it was phased out in November 2018, and Google Play Movies & TV before being renamed to Google TV in September 2020.

Google states in its Developer Policy Centre that "Google Play supports a diversity of monetization strategies to benefit developers and users, including paid distribution, in-app products, subscriptions, and ad-based models", and requires developers to comply with the policies in order to "ensure the best user experience". It requires that developers charging for apps and downloads through Google Play must exercise Google Play's payment system. In-app purchases unlocking additional app functionality must also use the Google Play payment system, except in cases where the purchase "is exclusively for physical products" or "is for digital content that may be added outside of the app itself (e.g. songs that can be played on other music players)

Find & download apps or digital content

a) On your device, open Google Play Store. or visit the Google Play store on a web browser.

b) Search or browse for content.

c) Select an item.

d) Select Install and pay item's price.

e) Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the transaction and get the content.


2. iOS App Store (iOS): The IoS App Store is a digital distribution platform, developed and maintained by Apple Inc., for mobile apps on its iOS & iPadOS operating systems. The store allows users to browse and download apps developed with Apple's iOS Software Development Kit. The Apple Store app provides a more delicate way to shop for the most up-to-date Apple products and accessories. 

How to get the App Store on iOS?

1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.

2. Now, tap on Screen Time.

3. Now Content & Privacy Restriction.

4. Next, you have to enter your Restrictions passcode.

5. Now tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases.

6. Click on Installing Apps.

7. Now, make sure the switch next to Installing Apps is ON. If in case, it is Off turn it On.

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