According to the market research site AppData, the three most popular mobile applications at the time of this article's publication are: "Candy Crush," "Farm Heroes" and "Pet Rescue."

Though there's nothing wrong with passing the time lining up shapes and colors on a digital game board, computing professionals might be interested to know that there's a new — and somewhat more stimulating — alternative for mobile diversion: the ACM Digital Library app.

The ACM Digital Library app in action.

Available for free from Google Play and iTunes, the app is a convenient gateway to the ACM DL, which houses thousands of research papers, magazine issues and conference proceedings. Available for Android and iOS devices, the ACM DL app may be used to search, browse, read and download content from the Digital Library. Program schedules for ACM conferences are also built into the app; attendees can browse conference schedules, read presentation descriptions and view associated papers.

The ACM DL app integrates with other mobile functions; users can record presentation times on their calendars, mark down conference locations and share papers with others. The initial response to the app's release has been positive, garnering user comments such as: "I'll never ever be bored again." 

Download the Android version of the ACM DL app

Download the iOS version of the ACM DL app

Terms of access to the ACM Digital Library:

  • All ACM Members who subscribe to the Digital Library get unlimited access to full-text content 
  • ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) members receive full-text access to all materials sponsored by their respective SIGs in the DL
  • Non-members and the general public can search and browse the ACM Digital Library

Not a member? Why not join ACM or become a member of ACM SIGGRAPH?