Mozilla has announced new capabilities it is building into its Open Web App Ecosystem, including notifications and application synchronisation.
The company is finalising the APIs for the platform, which is on track for release in the first quarter of next year.
An option allowing apps to exchange data directly after user permission is also likely to be included, enabling an email app to access a user's address book and calendar apps, for example.
Mozilla launched the Open Web App Ecosystem to allow different apps stores to provide content that works in any modern browser across any device, explained Pascal Finette, director of Mozilla Labs, in a blog post.
"The Open Web App Ecosystem will allow developers to publish apps on their own web site under their own terms, and will provide opportunities for individuals and companies to develop innovative services," he said.
"Numerous apps developers and companies have shared plans to build stores and services (search, recommendations, etc) based on the Open Web App Ecosystem prototype."
The finished product will include initial custom browser support for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and Webkit (via extensions), application synchronisation and an application dashboard.
Once purchased, an app will work across multiple platforms and browsers without the need for repurchase, Mozilla said.
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