Webinos Universal App Project Launches

Webinos, a European project aimed at developing a web-based applications platform for internet enabled devices, has been launched after receiving €10 million in grants.

The project, which is led by The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (Fokus) in Germany, is being supported by a group of 22 European organisations, including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Deutsche Telekom and Telecom Italia.

The idea behind the project is to develop apps that can be run on almost every internet enabled device, no matter who the maker is. For example, an app will be able to work on a internet enabled TV, a car or a mobile device, even if the manufacturers are different.

Project lead Stephan Steglich explained to the BBC that the web-based system will be able to work on multiple operating systems, in which the developers will create one application "for one platform and lets you run it on all these devices - mobiles, automotive, gaming, and so on."

He added: “The greatest common denominator among all these devices is the web browser - that's the only thing people can use to accept the same content.”