'Apps Economy' Creates Nearly Half Million Jobs In 5 Years, Study Says

David Schepp
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Apple Android apps new jobs

Americans love their mobile devices. So much so that last year, for the first time ever, smartphones, such as Apple Inc.'s popular iPhone, outsold personal computers. Helping to drive demand are "apps," inexpensive programs that are essentially mini computer applications.

Apps are a boon for users who want to quickly search for specific information or products, and their introduction has generated a boom industry for software engineers, product designers, marketers and support staff, creating nearly half a million jobs during the past five years, a new study shows.