To the contrary, it seems Google's dismal outlook for app stores is rooted in their desire to craft a web-based world. Cloud computing is the name of the game according to the company, with cross-platform web applications being hailed by them as the downfall of app stores, which cater only to the closed environment of specific phones.
But is that really the way things will work out? Clearly web-based, phone-based and “hybrid” applications don't necessarily need to compete with each other, with obvious advantages for each in certain scenarios. What’s your take; will we see the death of app stores at the hands of online apps?