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> That's usually because the app is just a shell around the site, designed to collect data and show notifications.

I think the real reason sites like Reddit want you to install their app is that they can't both have fancy JS and speed.

Web browsers are ridiculously complex and slow, and slow means bad UX. An app is much simpler (and thus faster) than a JS-heavy "web app" on Chromium/whatever (which is many millions of lines of code).

HN is fine with just a website and doesn't need an app because it doesn't have fancy JS.

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