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Roofing professionals share which apps are most useful in the industry

More than just an advertising slogan, the phrase "There's an app for that"™ coined by tech giant Apple Inc. encapsulates the revolutionary effect mobile smart devices and apps have had within the U.S. in recent years. According to a November 2016 Pew Research Center survey, 77 percent of U.S. residents now own smartphones and 51 percent own tablet devices.

Smart device owners can load their devices with a variety of apps downloaded from app stores such as Google Play and the Apple App Store. Statistics portal Statista reports more than 2 million apps currently are available in app stores and billions of apps are downloaded annually. Social media apps, such as Facebook, consistently rank among the top downloads.

It's an app world

How often do apps cross the threshold from personal use to business use? Mobile-app developer Canvas conducted a 2015 survey of companies in construction, field services, retail and distribution, health care, manufacturing, government, and logistics to determine how many companies take advantage of mobile business apps. The survey found two-thirds of respondents used one to five mobile business apps and 20 percent of respondents used 10 or more mobile business apps during 2014.