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The question is: why even bother, when they have the mobile HTML version?

Probably just to cross a bullet point somewhere. Still, with their warchest, they could easily dump money on a small company and get it over with. At least something basic, but usable.

Say, timeline plus chat.




As far as I know, you still can't upload pictures from the web browser, so you need a native app to interact with photos.

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They have a very well hidden email upload feature.

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push notification and uploading photos are probably the only reasons I use the facebook app. I also think they have a nice UI ideas in the app, it just doesn't work that well. but for example Twitter app is far more superior than the mobile site (I think)

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Really? The Twitter app on Android is a webview as well and it also sucks.

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What? No I really don't think it is. If you are right though, they've done a great job to make it seem like it's not.

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Webview can be done quite well if it is done correctly. Did you know that most everything in individual messages in the Gmail app on Android is done with a webview?

The reason it is fast though, is it is not loading that webview from a website, but building it from data locally. That gives it a native app speed.

On the other hand, the original Google+ release for the iPhone was bad because it was pretty much a webview downloaded on demand too.

Facebook is just loading it on demand basically as a webpage.

So it's possible Twitter is using a webview, but downloading the data separately for speed.

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People prefer one-click launch versus typing URLs on mobile. And no, most do not know that you can add a bookmark to the home screen.

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Photo uploading, push notifications...

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