Popular social network, Facebook is said to be working on HTML5 based web app, currently codenamed as Project Spartan. MG Siegler, an author with TechCrunch, claims to have seen the web app and states that Facebook has roped in 80 developers to create the mobile web version of Facebook.
In a way, Facebook is creating a custom wrapper around the other web applications so that the service can circumvent the Apple’s App Store.
Facebook has an eco-system of its own where in developers and advertisers make the best of the platform offered. With the Apple App Store, Facebook has to sacrifice certain privileges and also adhere to the policies laid down by Apple for its application (Facebook App). Since the Apple iOS platform doesn’t support Adobe Flash, several developers have to submit their apps to Apple.
Now the social network is working on a secret project that will bring a Facebook web app platform based on HTML5. With this HTML5 based web app platform, the Facebook wrapper will further integrate the micropayments and purchases system – Credits.
One must not forget that mobile Safari version for iPad, iPhone and iPad will never run Adobe Flash. Instead the game developers will take route of HTML5 and re-code their games to work in mobile Safari. That sounds like a good option.
With this, users would be free from installing a Facebook app on their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Also avid Facebook users may be able to purchase and spend their “Credits” on other Apps or games. That’s one plausible option and we will have to wait for the official word from Facebook.