Quixey is the search engine for apps: we help you find apps that do what you want. But what are apps? It turns out to be a tough but important question.
The term “app” became popular with the development of mobile platforms like iOS and Android. As more and more people began to use smartphones, our understanding of apps became focused on mobile apps. This shift makes sense, but it doesn’t give us a complete picture of what apps really are.
At Quixey, we define apps as simple tools that do what you want. Above all, apps are useful and apps are everywhere. Let’s talk about what that means.
Apps are useful
All apps help you do something you want to do. Some inform, some entertain, and some connect. Whatever their purpose, apps add value by providingthe specific functionality you need, when you need it. This is why our search engine asks you the question, “What do you want to do?” At Quixey, we believe that apps are defined first and foremost by how they’re used, by what they can do for you.
Apps are everywhere
Apps live wherever you are. Whether on a desktop or a tablet, on an iOS or an Android smartphone, you can access apps that help do what you want. Let’s look at Dropbox to see how the same app exists on many platforms.
Dropbox is an app. It lets you store your files in the cloud and access them across all of your devices. Whether you access Dropbox from your computer, your iPad, or your Android smartphone, the underlying app remains the same. You are accessing the same app and the same data regardless of what platform you access it from.
Why is this important?
By thinking of apps broadly, as simple tools that add value across platforms, we are challenged to build the most comprehensive app search engine possible. Quixey can help you find apps on platforms as diverse as iOS, Salesforce, and Chrome. Wherever you go, no matter what device you use, Quixey can help you find the right app for what you want to do. We focus on finding the app that you need, then we tell you where to find it.