It's really, *really* important for web developers & others who care about the web to understand how poorly the web performs in emerging markets -- and why that re-enforces the centralizing position of top-10 native apps.
The current state of mobile web development -- and the inability to deliver competitive experiences no matter how hard you try -- are custom-made arguments for the superiority of native platforms and the strong centralization that comes with them.
I can't grok why it's so hard to convince management that this majority of the world matters. Or just us on trains, for that matter. "We're doing North America first" or "Europe first" is too common an argument.
I thought the same until I've seen the first good pwa apps (but this only works on Android). They are also like 1. download once most of things 2. reuse that download/cache as often as you want like apps.
Cannot agree with you more, being in Nigeria currently is very eye opening. I thought I knew Africa but have been humbled by my visit here these past few days. When the choice is food/transport to work vs internet web pages sapping up all your money; something is very wrong ...
Yeah you'll find that that the more poverty stricken segments of the consumers are paying 1000% more per MB than more better off folks as they just don't get data bundles advertised to them. It's bad, being the reason for startups like toomuchwifi.co.za as well.