My organization is looking at developing mobile applications, we have a wealth of web development resources. There are many factors to consider in making the decision of how to develop this application such as Cost(s), platform support, performance, and maintainability.
But, I have not found any research that actually backs up the assumptions that users prefer the experience of a native app over a hybrid mobile web app (A hybrid app is a HTML5 app distributed in an embedded web view using PhoneGap, etc.).
Some people assert that native apps are more performant and have a better user experience, but why? Have there been any user surveys or analytics that indicate this user preference towards native?