Firefox Markeplace: Apps for an Enjoyable Smartphone Experience
Article by George Norman
On 26 Feb 2013
As Mozilla put it, the Firefox Marketplace will unlock the power of web apps on mobile phones powered by Firefox OS. Users get to uncover and enjoy a variety of interesting, entertaining one-time use and downloadable apps.

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona, Mozilla recently showcased Firefox OS, its new mobile operating system that takes advantage of the power of the web to deliver a beautiful, clean, intuitive, personalized and easy-to-use experience. Built entirely using HTML5 and other open Web standards, Firefox OS is free from the rules and restrictions of existing proprietary platforms.

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“Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to mobile users everywhere,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “With the support of our vibrant community and dedicated partners, our goal is to level the playing field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion people online.”

When Firefox OS launches later this year, it will launch with Firefox Markeplace, Mozilla announced. Firefox OS users will be able to use the Firefox Marketplace to gain access to a variety of one-time use and downloadable apps that will be sorted into categories such as games, news and media, business and productivity. The Marketplace will offer apps like Cut the Rope, Where’s My Water, Where’s My Perry, Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, and MTV Brasil.

The apps offered by the Marketplace are meant to give people a powerful, personalized, speedy and enjoyable smartphone experience. Just like Firefox OS, the apps were built with web technologies at the core.

"Firefox Marketplace will make smartphones capable of offering more powerful and immersive Web app experiences," explained Mozilla. "The Web now has the potential to be the world’s largest marketplace with the new Web APIs Mozilla developed. The open Web platform and these new Web APIs also enable developers to distribute apps directly, with no need for gatekeepers, true to the Mozilla mission of creating choice, innovation and opportunity on the Web.

If you want to, you can preview the Firefox Marketplace on Firefox for Android Aurora.
The first Firefox OS phones that will be rolled out later this year will feature the Firefox Marketplace.




Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox OS, Firefox Markeplace, Mobile World Congress 2013
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