Mozilla announces App Store


Mozilla, the founders of Firefox, today  announced Mozilla Marketplace, a device-independent market for apps based on open Web technologies like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. The new Mozilla app store will be launched at Mobile World Congress next week.
Mozilla Marketplace is like Google chrome app store which was launched a year ago, but it differs from chrome app store, Mozilla says that the apps in the marketplace will work on variety of mobile platforms.
The Mozilla Labs Apps project aims to set up a people-centric Apps ecosystem that provides freedom, choice and opportunity for users and developers, Meaning developers could create one application to run on anything from an iPhone to a PC.

The company claims that this is the first market for these types of operating system- and device-independent apps,developers will be able to submit apps to the Marketplace starting next week, and it will be available to consumers later this year.

The Web is the largest platform in the world. We are enabling the Web to be the marketplace, giving developers the opportunity to play on the biggest playing field imaginable,” said Todd Simpson, Mozilla’s Chief of Innovation. “By building the missing pieces, Mozilla is now unlocking the potential of the Web to be the platform for creating and consuming content everywhere.”

The marketplace will also include the undisclosed or new Mozilla-proposed APIs and their standards would be submitted to the W3C for standardization. Mozilla also plans a “new identity system for the Web that puts users in control of their content, tying apps to the user and not the device or platform”.

The Mozilla Web Apps platform will feature:

  • The Mozilla Marketplace, the first operating system- and device-independent market for apps based on open Web technologies like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS.
  • New Mozilla-proposed APIs that advance the Web as a platform and will be submitted to the W3C for standardization.
  • A new identity system for the Web that puts users in control of their content, tying apps to the user and not the device or platform.

The Mozilla Marketplace will open for developers to submit Web apps at Mobile World Congress next week and will open to consumers later this year. The Mozilla Marketplace will feature apps in the categories of games, media, music, productivity and for more details you can check out the Mozilla Developers Network.

Thanks to Ramakanth and Techno360!

(Source: techno360.in)

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