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There are millions of apps available! I tried to share free apps that work on most mobile platforms and browsers. Not all are “library” apps, but could be. These are my opinions, so “top” is very subjective.
Android Wikipedia AppTo promote Florida history by creating audio and audio- visual historical podcasts, of 50 Florida towns.
Check with your vendors to see if they have apps and/or mobile- optimized resources.If they don’t, put some pressure on them to build something quickly!
Siri“Siri does what you say, finds theinformation you need, then answers you.It’s like you’re having a conversation withyour iPhone.”“And Siri is proactive, so it will questionyou until it finds what you’re looking for.”
Native Apps vs. Web/Browser Apps Issues Native apps Web appsInternet access Not required Required, except for apps written in HTML5 (offline capabilities)Shareable content (Twitter etc.) Only if it is built in to the app Web links can be shared. Social API’s allow 1- click postingAccess to hardware sensors Yes: camera, gyroscope, microphone, Access thru browser is limited. Geolocation compass, accelerometer, GPS works!Development Build app for target platform (Android, iOS Write/publish once using standard Web [Objective-C] etc.) technologies, view it anywhere with URL. Speedy debugging and development.Distribution Most app stores require approval. No hassles. Source: http://goo.gl/PyvJ
“Fundamentally, mobilerefers to the user, not the device or application.”Barbara Ballard Designing the Mobile User Experience
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