For over a decade, web-based applications have been replacing native programs – at least on the desktop. I manage my calendar with Google Calendar, check my email through Google Inbox, chat with fellow AP members in Slack, listen to music through Plex and Google Play Music, and talk with friends on Discord and Hangouts. Every single one of those services is available as a web app.

While web apps (and web “native” apps using frameworks like Electron) have replaced many traditional programs on the desktop, the same is not true for mobile. Native applications are not only the norm, but the only option for most services and applications. Take for example all the services I mentioned above. The only one with a mobile web app is Google Calendar, but it hasn’t been updated in years (the copyright date still says 2010). I remember using this exact app on my iPhone 3G.

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