I was somewhat surprised to come across a recent piece on Jeff Atwood's Coding Horror site lamenting the apparently sorry state of mobile apps
. It's a well-worn tirade, one that I've been hearing for almost half a decade now. In that span of time the argument has been nuanced a bit from "apps are pointless" to "apps are poorly designed, pointless and evil"... Yay, progress!
These same years have seen the growth of mobile-optimized web sites and the responsive
web, wherein different versions of the same page can be delivered to different devices on the fly. As the mobile web has become more sophisticated, I suppose the question is still valid: Are apps crap?