SAN DIEGO – Qualcomm will release over the next nine months what amounts to a set of applications programming interfaces geared to give Web-based applications deeper links into hardware. The plan is part of the company's effort to enable a shift away from today's fragmented set of native mobile environments.
"We will in a variety of subject areas expose these device APIs right into the browser," said Sy Choudhury, a director of product management at Qualcomm in an interview at the Uplinq conference here.
The work is currently targeting the Android, Chrome and WebOS browsers. About 70 percent of the code in those browsers is similar and based on standards such as Webkit, the Linux networking stack and the V8 Java virtual machine, he said.
Qualcomm currently supports Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and WebOS mobile OSes among others. A move to Web-based applications would help it reduce the variety of platforms for which it needs to write software supporting its chips.
A shift to Web apps also potentially draws in a broader set of developers, such as Linux server developers, said Choudhury.
Google also promotes the idea of Web apps with its Chrome and Chrome OS initiatives. However, the search giant did not discuss at its recent Google I/O dev con any initiatives to use APIs or language bindings to help Web apps improve access to native hardware.