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Google Says Mobile App Stores Have No Future

Apple's iPhone App Store may be a resounding success. But Google says app stores are a dead end.

Sour grapes? Maybe. It's no coincidence that Google has placed its money on web-based applications, for its mobile Android operating system as well as its forthcoming Chrome OS.

Vic Gundotra, Google's engineering vice president and developer evangelist, said on Friday at the Mobilebeat conference in San Francisco that the future of the mobile industry lies in web-based applications, rather than native software coded to run on specific smartphone operating systems.

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