Mobile apps that are a bad fit for the platform should die. Not everything needs to be a mobile app but some products and services absolutely benefit from being mobile and native.
I know I've only cited one category of mobile app, but it illustrates the point that anybody who tells you "xyz needs to die" might have a very myopic view of what xyz actually is.
It's a game that works on phone
Still a long way to go, and I remain unconvinced that web browsers are the best place to play those kinds of games, especially on mobile. Even with the ability to hide the web browser chrome by adding a web app to the home screen, abstractions upon abstractions upon abstractions without proper access to system frameworks that the browser doesn't have access to (like ARKit, HealthKit, etc.) low-level APIs (like Metal, as opposed to WebGL) just get in the way of what game developers are capable of now.
We might get there in the future, but not yet.
This isn't a huge loss as 4 years ago I didn't have as much data as I do now. I'll get over it, but I'm still sad.
"ultimately, ten percent of Udacity students downloaded the app". - this makes sense, why to develop and maintain an app that is barely used?
This is oddly worded. It's not the app's fault that Udacity didn't put enough oomph behind it.
I'm not saying that it was necessarily feasible or even possible to put more resources behind it, but the wording is irksome.
I think maintaining a mobile app with basic functionality like downloading videos should not take much effort. We don't need a fancy mobile app where you can learn programming by dragging blocks of statements.
Anyway, I still love Udacity. I already graduated from two nanodegrees.
I don't do much video when connected, prefer written format, so without offline capability I literally have no need for video classes etc (even Netflix won me over once I could download for offline viewing).
As well, ten percent of your user base ain't nothing!
But this doesn’t have much to do with the general question of app vs web site. It really depends on what you’re doing. Also, apps and web sites have the same potential for massive privacy problems. Either way it’s up to what data is collected, how it’s secured and who it is sold to.
As that content is mostly free, I see why you decided to discontinue the app.
Ah! Makes sense, thank you.
P.s. its friendly hint, i don't care actually