From what i understand from facebook users i have talked to (i don’t use facebook myself) about this,
Is that after the initial login to facebook from your phone, then you don’t need to log in again on subsequent visits to facebook, likewise with the notifications you receive from facebook, one tap is all you need to enter facebook and post a reply, with no further log in required,
If you make an icon for your phpbb forum on your phone then you still have to log in again each time you tap on it to visit the forum,
Hence my statement that most people can’t be bothered to use a login each time they visit a forum !
In what way would such an app not be beneficial for a phpbb form ? surely if all it takes to enter a forum with just one tap of an icon, then its probably going to encourage more use of the forum itself,
I know there are such things as tapatalk and topic’it, which do a similar job, but apparently there are many drawbacks to using them on your forum, which have all been discussed on this forum at length,
i think its important for the survival of small forums or even the larger ones, that this sort of technology is adopted by phpbb and other forum software to ensure the world of forums survives into the near future,