Don’t let anyone try to convince you ‘apps’ are real. Are you ready to give up the “personal” in your personal computing environment? You may have already.
What is an app? It is a collection of program files, potentially some dlls, file systems, and data files, among other things, and they are designed to run on computers. Some people call those computers “devices”, or “phones”, and imagine that “apps” run on “devices” rather than the core, basic truth — programs run on computers. Personal computers.
Why bother with this seemingly pointless distinction?
An app is a program, and nothing has changed inside that context except the heavily modified philosophical expectations on privacy, integrity, honesty, and economic exploitation that occurred during the rise of the Smartphone. Huge numbers of non-technical, non tech-cultured, totally NOT savvy users embraced them 100% and enshrined them in their lives in a way that made them indispensable, and corporate tech shops pounced on this amazing opportunity.
Now we have behavior that mimics malware, adware, some viruses and backdoors, and intrusive data-miners are embedded in mainstream software and hardware, even at the *ISP level!*. We have ‘apps’ that you pay for, and then you pay some more, and still more for digital assets that run out of “time” every couple days, forcing you to buy more and more, contributing to a worse and worse labor environment for the contract workers who make it all possible.
When you call program files for personal computers ‘apps for devices’, you are helping the industry along as it obfuscates the truth of the foundational philosophies and fundamental integrity of the Old Internet and computing technologies, including even Open Source.
You are saying “Shut up and take mah money!!” (and my elections, and my freedom, and my future mobility and stability), and they have heard you. They heard you clearly, and voices like mine were drowned out because of the potential for grotesquely high profits.
Apps are not real.