The Everything Project – A Search Engine for Mobile Web Apps

The Everything Project – A Search Engine for Mobile Web Apps The new post-PC era brings out new challenges, including the issue of navigation through disconnected web of apps. As we all know, apps are basically small creations, used for specific functions. Apps are not interconnected with each other and cannot be accessed through such advanced discovery tools as the Siri from Apple. Although there is abundance of apps available for users, the database of apps cannot be Googled. Additionally, how can a user determine the app to be launched for the current job? The Everything Project might be a viable solution, as the engine search in mobile web versions of the apps, instead of searching for them. The navigation across apps through disconnected web is a major challenge of the post – PC era. Apps, which are a package of code, are small creations, specially created and used for well determined functions. There are no links to connect apps to each other and apps cannot be accessed through the use of such discovery tools as the Siri from Apple. Users are constantly bombarded with new apps, but they still can’t Google an apps database or determine the appropriate app to use for a certain job. The problem might be solved with The Everything Project, which searches in mobile web versions of the apps. In most cases, app search services including Appolocious, AppsFire, Chomp, Crosswa. lk, Quixey and Xyologic are all about showing you their most recent native apps. However, it is impossible for you to manage a high number of apps. Furthermore, the available storage space for applications is also limited. It is very difficult to remember the names of numerous apps and also what they each do. In the past, the web faced a similar challenge. As you might remember, links were organized in directories, with websites classified and inserted into lists. It was soon clear that the search across an index of sites is far more efficient. Also, we were not looking for a specific website, but instead for the information located on the website. So, what is the connection to the mobile world? Well, if you need an information about a certain subject, you might not know the particular apps that contains that information. Furthermore, the right apps might not even be installed on your device. Although there are a number of apps that we use on a daily basis, such as Facebook, email, Google Maps or Instagram, most of the installed apps are rarely used. In most cases, there is no real need for numerous native versions, as we can simply use the mobile web apps. The Everything Project is more an experiment to show you a search engine specially designed for mobile web applications. It was developed by the creators of DoAt. This new service works like a genuine search engine where the displayed results are apps. Currently, The Everything Project is only available on mobile devices, as it is a mobile website. In the future, it will be developed as native apps for most platforms. On the site, there is a search box where you type in the query and while you type, search suggestions will be offered, based on the previously performed searches of other users. The really crazy part is when the results are displayed. The displayed results are apps and not a list of links as on Google. However, these are not the apps you already own or which are available in the app store, but HTML5-based web applications ready for instant use. Just tap on one of the apps and the web app will be launched, displaying the results. So, what’s next, you might ask? Is this the end of native apps? Well, things are not that simple. Native apps are always somewhat superior to an HTML5 app. However, as you can now search an HTML5 app, people can easily use it wherever they want, which has a significant appeal. As soon as The Everything Project is publicly launched, the app platform is open for other HTML5 apps to be added by any developer. Still, for the moment, this is still basically a beta version, as it is admitted by its developers as well. Nevertheless, it is still a highly interesting experiment, which could be a major benefit for the app ecosystem.

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