Depending on its brand, applications for a smartphone can be purchased through either the Google Play Store, the Apple app store or the Windows Phone app store. Applications can also be purchased for Android smartphones through third party shops, such as Aptoide.
The types of applications for smartphones are numerous and can fulfill a large spectrum of needs. Some applications, such as the Facebook and Tumblr apps, allow users to access their social media without having to use an Internet browser. Other applications can also come in the form of games of different genres. Various magazines and news outlets also offer apps that provide smartphone owners with digital versions of articles and editorials.