Just yesterday, we reported a leaked app from Facebook that seems to be a photo sharing app in the same vein as Instagram. But there's another leaked top-secret project from Facebook that seems to be looking for a challenge on a much bigger scale. Based on this "leaked" project, Facebook aims to challenge Apple's behemoth mobile application distribution system, the App Store.
According to TechCrunch (who seems to have friends from the inside of Facebook), the new platform is codenamed "Project Spartan". Project Spartan is a new mobile platform that is completely based on HTML-5. According to sources, this is Facebook's answer to Apple's App Store. In addition, there are said to be around 80 outside developers who are working with Facebook on Project Spartan. Zynga, makers of the popular FarmVille and CityVille Facebook apps, and The Huffington Posts are said to be involved with this project. Everything is being prepared, from games to utilities like RSS feed readers and is expected to launch in only a couple of weeks.
According to TechCrunch's MG Siegler, who has seen Project Spartan himself, the mobile platform will work like this:
Imagine loading up the mobile web version of Facebook and finding a drop-down for a new type of app. Clicking on one of the apps loads it (from whatever server it’s on depending on the app-maker), and immediately a Facebook wrapper is brought in to surround the app. This wrapper will give the app some basic Facebook functionality, as well as the ability to use key Facebook elements — like Credits.
Facebook of course denied any allegations with regards to this particular rumored project.
With Facebook's massive user-base, they could definitely give Apple a strong competition. And in addition, because Project Spartan is HTML-5 based, it will most likely work on Android too.
With a website the caliber of Facebook, this particular rumor is difficult to brush aside. Whatever Facebook is planning to unveil (if ever there is), it will surely make a significant impact in the tech industry. With that said, this leak leaves us anticipating on what will Facebook do next.
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