Why are smartphone programs called apps?

Why is a program for a smartphone called an app, while we still call it a program on any other kind of computer? It doesn't make sense. For example, why would we call Skype for Windows a program, while Skype for Android is an app? What's the difference? When did people start say "apps" anyway? Can anyone shed some light upon this?

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  • 9 years ago
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    An Application is utilizing ones ideas and creativity. A Program is a script based object that has been put into a different use. The application further is in use of the program... example

    Mac > (original owner of...) Safari > Safari App on the Ipod

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  • 3 years ago

    Why Are Apps Called Apps

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  • 9 years ago

    App is short for application they are called thoughs because they are the main function but not an entire program

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  • 6 years ago

    Hmmm....most SW programs allow you to utilise one's own ideas and be creative. They are often designed with one purpose in mind but they are still source code and hence can be defined as programs. No doubt the word program is too robotic for the marketing folk of this world.

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