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Applications on the mobile phone are succeeding instead of web apps because they provide better performance over higher latency networks, are designed for unique use cases and can take advantage of proprietary hardware: gps, accelerometers and compasses. Sundar Pichai spoke today about the vision of Chrome OS at Web 2 and had a hard time reconciling Chrome OSs view that the web will dominate mobile and netbook use cases. Much like the client server model of computing was replaced by web apps in the 90s for PCs, only when the network no longer is the bottle neck can the migration to web delivered apps take place. More importantly, we need to to change our way of thinking about mobile – it’s not just a vector for existing web apps, but a new set of technologies that will provide richer experience than PCs could ever provide.

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