Today, the first developer release of Mozilla’s new Web App Store was unveiled. As a direct competitor to Google’s Chrome Web App Store, the battle begins in 2011.
Mozilla created an open web app infrastructure for the first release of the Web Apps technology and that is the APIs for the apps and app stores, which also behave as management tools for browsers and it is at the present offered to all. What’s more, there are even a handful of apps to see how the whole system is going to work.
Apps from the Mozilla Web App store will allow users to launch smartphone-style apps with a single click or a couple of keystrokes on their desktops. Details are pretty sketchy at the moment, but Mozilla have released a promotional video for interested developers, describing how devs can start writing apps and developing storefronts to sell them through.
Developers on the other hand can get instantly to work as the APIs for both web apps and the web stores to maintain them are measured stable and prepared for use. Since web apps are precisely that, applications construct with standard web technologies, generating them should be no gigantic contract for any person with at least some experience with HTML5 and other technologies.
The best part of the release is that audacious users are competent to create installing web apps in both Firefox and Chrome. Mozilla has developed add-ons for both browsers to supervise installed apps. There are a number of apps offered from Mozilla’s dedicated web site. A release date hasn’t been mentioned but it wouldn’t be surprising if we see it included with the release candidate version of Firefox 4. This is good news for web app developers as they now have an additional store to sell their apps in.
There’s no word on when the Mozilla Web App Store will finally be ready for the public, but early bird developers can at least now start crafting apps and building storefronts through which to sell them. For a closer look at what Mozilla have been up to, take a peek at the video below.
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