Network coverage is not the only problem with Web apps.
Browser-based apps- the pressing problem of network coverage – AnalystXpress – the Juniper Resea
MediaShift . How Publishers Can Bypass Apple with HTML5 Web Apps – PBS
Some areas where native apps (still) shine:
- Network coverage (no need for, except when installing/upgrading, unless high scores are uploaded etc)
- Performance (not so critical for e.g. casino games and productivity apps)
- Payments (through download via app store)
- Installation (true install vs bookmark)
And ditto for Web apps:
- Easier cross-brand/device compatibility (potentially)
- Independence of app store and brand development agreements and environments
- Faster development for any platform (and we get more and more smartphone platforms)
- Simpler upgrades as content is server-side even though it’s run client-side
Note that the concepts can be easily combined by downloading a native app that embeds a browser that opens the Web app. A method that is already heavily deployed and gives Web apps the same payment benefits as native apps, but the coverage etc issues remains, unless browser caching is vastly improved.