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I have always assumed they don't put the time/engineering into the mobile apps because it is much harder to monetize. Where do you stick the ads so that they don't completely ruin the experience? Nowhere, that's where. Why provide an app that draws people away from your web app (the one covered in ads) when you can frustrate them and keep them where you can monetize?

Using mobile app just once, they are able to access your phone contacts. I guess that is enough reason for them.

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