Facebook is planning to bring all the popular Facebook web applications on to the mobile web platform, starting with iOS.
Named as Project Spartan, the secret project will bring Facebook apps such as Farmville and The Mafia Wars to the mobile devices.
The existence of the Project Spartan was first disclosed by a web site, Tech Crunch, which revealed that it will first become available for the iOS devices to begin with.
With applications coming to the mobile based browsers, Safari browser for the iOS based devices to be more specific, Facebook developers are also aiming to make available Facebook credits through the mobile browser as well.
All this and much more is under way as Facebook is revamping the whole setup based on HTML 5 now. The Facebook iPad application that got leaked a couple of days back also strengthens the fact that the social network is going through HTML 5 makeover so that more functionality and a better overall experience can be added to mobile or handheld devices be it smartphones or tablets.
The idea behind getting application on a mobile platform is not different than what most app stores like the Apple, Google and Microsoft have in mind. Let aside the ever highlighted ease of access and usage to the mobile customers but Facebook also sees a bigger opportunity in mobile platform and does not want to let go of that.
Mobile applications today are a booming business and Google Android marketplace can be quoted here as one of the major success stories but more so we are looking here at an online app store catering mainly to web based applications for browser based usage.
Facebook developers are yet to officially comment on the availability date for the mobile web based applications but it is expected to be launched soon moreover by the end of this year itself. Till now, the focus for the Project Spartan has only been on the iOS platform but once available it won’t take much time to come to other smartphone devices running Android and Windows Phone too.