Is mobility making the web obsolete?
Mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous, and users spend much of the time on their devices using apps. In fact, 86 percent of that time is spent on mobile apps, according to the latest stats from Flurry.
So as people abandon their PCs for mobile devices, will the web--that seemingly permanent phenomena of the digital world--become obsolete, destined to suffer the fate of the telegraph?
Yes, says tech pundit Chris Dixon. No, says Zachary Rosen, CEO of Pantheon and Fortune columnist.
Dixon writes that companies are investing in mobile apps, not mobile websites, because of the growing popularity of mobile devices over PCs.
"Ask any web company and they will tell you that they value app users more than web users. This is why you see so many popups and banners on mobile websites that try to get you to download apps. It is also why so many mobile websites are broken. Resources are going to app development over web development. As the mobile web UX further deteriorates, the momentum toward apps will only increase," Dixon writes.
As a result, the web will become a "niche product" only.
Not so, says Rosen. The web as a publishing platform for content will continue to prosper, even if mobile becomes the primary computing tool and mobile apps become the primary way to deliver Internet-enabled software.
"Hardly anybody uses publishing company's mobile apps for content consumption--they stink ... Mobile apps, such as Twitter, will only make it easier for consumers to discover and share great content and therefore make the web more integral to the Internet over time," writes Rosen.
"Indeed in the era of mobile, the web will live on and prosper," he concludes.
- check out Dixon's blog
- read Rosen's column
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