Well, that’s a big shocker. Apparently iPhone users care more about native apps than web apps.

The guys over at Appsfire, a cool app discovery service, made an infographic report demonstrating how most users like regular apps over web apps. Appsfire analyzed 1,000 of its user’s devices to determine some insight into the web v.s. native app debate.

Web applications are becoming more and more advanced everyday, but they still can’t replicate certain functionalities of native iOS apps. The infographic from Appsfire is pretty self-explanatory. Let’s check it out…

Web apps, like Gmail and Swearch, are web interfaces that function as “apps” in iOS. Essentially, a web app is a portal to an iOS-optimized website that you add to your iPhone’s home screen to use like any regular app. You just add a website’s page to your iPhone’s home screen, and a web app is created.

Our site can even be a web app too, visit us in Safari on the iPhone and add us to your home screen!

According to Appsfire, users spend only 10% of of their time in the mobile browser (that includes web apps). This contrasts with the 50% of time that users spend in native apps. Interestingly, only 32% of time is spent in communication-focused apps like Phone, Messages and Skype.

While web apps are gaining in popularity, they still can’t access functionalities like the iPhone’s camera. Also, their animations aren’t as fluid or complex as apps written natively for iOS.

What do you think about web apps v.s. native apps? Do you use any iPhone web apps on a regular basis?

[via TechCrunch]

  • Burge

    I’ve got 4 web apps that I use and 2 of them I use every day and 1 of them I use alot….can you guess what it is ?

  • I’ve already tried to make a geocache web app. Apparently, the geoposition was not really accurate. Soo we switched to something less difficult than a app, phonegap. It was like a real app but without the complexity of c++. I think Webapp cannot go far away like you said because it cannot access everything an app need to be intuitive, like the motion of the phone, shake your phone, beep on actions, etc.

  • MrA

    idb is the only web app I use!