Another key reason that favors mobile Web apps over native: Browsers have always had to deal with content (Web pages) authored in the past and not updated for the latest release of the browser. Backward-compatibility has been a major design requirement for those who build browsers. This is why you can still view websites authored with "ancient" tools that have not been modified in a long time and that create HTML targeted for browsers popular at the time. You can even view these sites on devices running the most recent versions of iOS or Android.
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