killer app


: a computer application of such great value or popularity that it assures the success of the technology with which it is associated
broadly : a feature or component that in itself makes something worth having or using

Examples of killer app in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meta could counter that by putting its money toward a killer app, something on the scale of Halo — which famously sold the original Xbox — or GoldenEye for the N64, or Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Switch. Sean Hollister, The Verge, 26 Sep. 2023 The biggest letdown is there still doesn’t appear to be a killer app to take advantage of the Quest 3’s mixed reality capabilities. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 This transformation gained momentum in 1455, when reading found its killer app in Johann Gutenberg’s printing press. A.o. Scott, New York Times, 21 June 2023 That, coupled with the lack of a killer app, suggest the Reality Pro will benefit Apple more as a reason to lure customers into the demo area at the company’s retail stores than as a business on the level of the iPhone. Casey Newton, The Verge, 2 June 2023 Like Facebook’s rise after the dot-com bubble burst, the killer app for Web3 may not have even been invented yet. Adam Kovacevich, Fortune, 1 May 2023 Agrawal identifies the killer app for AI in contracting as helping businesses manage risk. Joe McKendrick, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 However, the killer app has still alluded us, until now. Michael Gale, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 The Cold War was the killer app. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of killer app was in 1988

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“Killer app.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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