Mozilla has disclosed plans for its own app store that will enable developers to create and distribute applications designed to run across any HTML5-enabled device or platform.
The non-profit organisation said its app store, the Mozilla Marketplace, will open for developers to submit web-based apps at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week, and will open up 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," he said.
Mozilla's web apps platform will consist of the Marketplace itself, plus new application programming interfaces (APIs) that Mozilla is proposing to advance the web as a platform.
Full details regarding these APIs were not available at the time of writing, but Mozilla said it will submit them to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for standardisation.
Mozilla also said it is proposing a new identity system as part of its app store plans, claiming that this will "put users in control of their content, tying apps to the user and not the device or platform".
This is likely to involve something akin to Google account credentials, which allow users to access their email and other services whichever endpoint they log in on.
Mozilla appears to have big ambitions for its web apps platform, and said it will give content owners, operators and service providers a direct connection to their customers, plus open and flexible billing options.
Further details are expected to be disclosed at MWC.
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