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Why are web sight versions of apps more functional?

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  1. chopper

    chopper Active Member

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    ie: The You Tube lean back app is great eye candy yet it lacs the much needed filter for by date posted searches. - This sends me to the web site almost every time

    ie: The Karaoke Channel app is missing the playlist capabilities of the web site version. - So I uninstalled the app and added a link to the web version within GTV

    So the question is are these apps limited to what developers can make them do with code or am I missing something here? Why not just make a customized web site version for GTV which is only available via multiple platform apps set up to launch a custom web site?
     
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    It depends on the app and what it is supposed to do. Some developers prefer to just sticking with a web version that way they can stick to a single source code for all of their clients. Some apps require to be implemented as a local app due to the permissions of the resources it requires. But, basically, there's no single best case scenario and different developers will implement their apps the way they see fit for their target audience and the required resources.
     
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    The online source code has been around a long time, it has been progressive. Developers already have a foundation to work with.

    The gtv version would had to of been built from the ground up. It will tale some time for the developers to get the android up to speed with the online version.


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    Then it may be a good idea to integrate apps with web sites to get the both of both worlds?
     
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    Some already do. The Netflix app is an example, at least the previous versions were. Not sure about the current version. But in the earlier versions of the app for Google TV, it was is more or less a single site web browser with extra encryption routines. It pointed to specialized URL used by various clients. Here's an link to the last version. Netflix actually has an entire API website dedicated to helping third-party developers to get the most out of their services.

    Another example of mobile apps using a single-site web browser is PlayOn.TV. For their iOS clients they use m.playon.tv for the jumping into point for their iOS app which is another single site browser. In fact, depending on your User Agent and whether or not you have a PlayOn.tv setup at home, you might see different versions of the website. So, there are some companies that are diverging parts of their apps where it makes sense.
     

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