Are app stores stunting the growth of browser-based apps?
The proliferation of application storefronts and smartphone platforms over the past several years will make it more difficult for browser-based application ecosystems to take root and grow, argues IDC analyst Stephen Drake. Indeed, even in the desktop world, browser-based applications are not always the best course. Thus, the delivery of native mobile phone applications will continue to grow--from BlackBerry to iPhone--aided and abetted by the current app store mania. Commentary