Fri Jun, 2011 by Derek Mehraban
TechCrunch says there are about 80 developers that have been working on Project Spartan for a couple of months now. Project Spartan is FaceBook’s attempt to take HTML5 to a new level, killing applications. Instead of applications, web pages would be able to execute the actions people use apps for.
The main beneficiary of this version of HTML5 would be in mobile computing. Already saddled with less powerful processors and other limitations, Project Spartan would speed up mobile uses of the web. FaceBook would also be able to circumvent Apple’s control of applications on its iOS platform.
Many doubt FaceBook’s ability to unseat Apple and Android at precisely what they are best at. While not over committing there is no reason the digital agency cannot hope Project Spartan works. A faster mobile experience makes people more willing to click on mobile ads and see what is being offered.
Read Write Web: Web v. Native Apps: Facebook’s Project Spartan, HTML5 & Apple