With the widespread use of the iPhone and iPad (and their
Android-based counterparts), mobile technology has become more
accessible and easier to use than ever. And as smart phones and
computer tablets become more common on job sites, more roofing- and
construction-related applications, or "apps," become available.
Similar to computers, mobile devices use operating systems that
organize and control software and hardware. The two most prevalent
mobile operating systems are iOS by Apple Inc. and Android by Open
Handset Alliance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google Inc. iOS is
used exclusively on the iPhone and iPad, products only offered by
Apple. In contrast, Android can be found on a variety of devices
and tablets by numerous manufacturers, such as Samsung Electronics,
Motorola Inc. and Sharp Corp.
When it comes to the number of available apps, the clear
frontrunner is Apple. Apple's iTunes store boasts more than 500,000
apps for business and personal use. Android's Market website offers
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