killer app


Definition of 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 Speaking of consumers, what will be the killer app that gets us all wanting to put these types of devices on our faces? Joanna Stern, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Google Maps is a killer app in a car, but if manufacturers want Google Maps, Google requires them to take the Play Store, the Google Assistant, YouTube Music, and any other car apps the company makes. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 30 Mar. 2022 Google Plex could have been a digital checking account killer app. Ron Shevlin, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Analysts say demand for 5G phones would be even stronger if a proverbial killer app had emerged—a feature that makes adopting the technology virtually indispensable. John Mccormick, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 That realization has finally taken hold in Washington and led to growing support for what could be the killer app for this new private digital money — an official digital version of the dollar minted not in the Treasury but solely online., 26 June 2021 But the magical, killer app for Wristcam is real-time video communication. Chris Hachey, BGR, 23 June 2021 Three years later, that killer app has turned into killer apps–cloud, edge, and high-performance computing workloads. Matt Kimball, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the next killer app will be a GPS for monetary policy. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of killer app

1988, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2022

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“Killer app.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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