I'll start off by saying NO, but will it stop many large organizations from ever creating an app in the first place now? YES. It's becoming increasingly difficult for companies to keep up and continue to pour money into building apps that need to keep up with the whims of the latest Apple OS, Google OS, Microsoft OS (I think it's picking up?) and Blackberry OS (hanging on), and whatever Facebook ends up doing with Parse (TechCrunch). If you are like me, you have 60 apps on your phone, and use about 5-10 everyday, and the other 50-60 once a month (flight apps, movie apps, etc.). They are clogging up all of your space, but you don't want to delete them. Also, you are probably getting app update fatigue like me, I'm tired of all the updating...and I work in Product Development (so I get it, but it's still annoying, especially when the app half updates and you end up not near a signal for awhile as you're running out the door, you've been there).
It probably goes without saying that if you are a law firm, restaurant, other smaller business type, that a responsive designed website is the way to go. You don't want to spend all of the money to maintain an app on multiple platforms, it just doesn't make financial sense.
My question now is what happens to the bigger sites that have an app (think major news organizations), where a responsive website would work just fine? Companies like Onswipe are literally changing the game offering robust experiences with a focus on ad monetization, SEO (optimized for crawling), SSR (server side rending, layman's terms = it loads much faster than your app), analytics, the full monte.
The short list of problems with having a responsive site only and no app:
1. Apps are fun, you feel like you are in this closed world of the site and generally everything works and you don't have page breaks (generally).
2. In-app purchases are rising rapidly and people feel more comfortable doing this through an app vs. a responsive website (see closed off to the world #1., and pre-saved credit card info helps)
3. App's push notifications can be very helpful for select applications (news, sports, finance), can also leverage phone functions such as the camera, GPS, etc.
The short list of problems with having just an App:
1. Extremely slow load times and crashes on various devices that are not the latest and greatest (we aren't all buying the latest and greatest phone every 6 months #sorryApple)
2. No chance at getting crawled on app-only content since apps live in a closed environment.
3. Constant updating! Developers spending time catching up to every OS change on every device when they could be creating great new functionality to drive new PRODUCTS & REVENUE STREAMS!
Do you think Apps are dead?
Do you have a view on Apps vs. Responsive Design?
Do you think companies waste too much time and money updating Apps for various platforms when they could just build a responsive website?