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Mozilla Plans Mobile App Store 118

dkd903 writes "Mozilla wants to make it big in the Mobile world and has revealed its plans for a unique mobile app store in its annual report — 'The State of Mozilla,' which was released recently. Mozilla has already brought the desktop Firefox experience to mobile devices as the Fennec browser, which was initially launched for the Maemo platform on Nokia N900. Mozilla has designed a prototype of a mobile app store and plans to call it a 'Open Web App ecosystem.' The aim is to create an open app store platform that would consist of apps that can run on all mobile devices: — A 'Mobile Device Independent' App Store."
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Mozilla Plans Mobile App Store

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  • by Mandrel ( 765308 ) on Monday November 22, 2010 @01:46AM (#34303154)

    There needs to be a browser that exposes in JavaScript a common API for phone I/O: accelerometer, multi-touch, camera, GPS. etc.

    I'd also like to see a store for apps (native or HTML+JS) that charged for apps but also (1), encouraged developers to make the source of their apps available, and (2), allowed other developers to sell altered binaries on the same store, with the original author getting a cut equal to what they originally charged, and so on down the line. This would open development, while ensuring those adding value are compensated. It'd be like a software VAT [wikipedia.org].

  • by Mandrel ( 765308 ) on Monday November 22, 2010 @03:57AM (#34303678)

    How are web apps not open, ever? By definition if they run you can see the source, because the browser has to have the javascript/css to work...

    JavaScript can be compressed/encoded/obfuscated, which makes it much harder to modify than when there are both code comments and proper function and variable names. API documentation, both client and server-side, may also be lacking.

  • PhoneGap (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Mandrel ( 765308 ) on Monday November 22, 2010 @05:36AM (#34304046)

    PhoneGap looks like it's a set of SDKs that allows apps written in JavaScript to run on a number of phone OSes; not a browser for each of these OSes that allow arbitrary websites to act like device-integrated phone apps.

    Does anyone know of a browser app with PhoneGap capability? Would such an app be approved by Apple?

  • Re:PhoneGap (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 22, 2010 @08:19AM (#34304694)

    Well, it doesn't have everything you mentioned, but it does exist: Adobe Flash. But everybody around here thinks it has no market.

    And it sucks.

  • Re:I'd like a taste (Score:3, Interesting)

    by duguk ( 589689 ) <[ku.oc.garf] [ta] [gud]> on Monday November 22, 2010 @10:06AM (#34305306) Homepage Journal

    there are hundreds of applications from just a few of the same developers. Developers should be restricted in the amount of applications that they slapped together which they are allowed to release. A foundation like Mozilla understands good software.

    I couldn't disagree more. More software isn't a bad thing, and stopping duplication or number of releases would be against the whole point of a free software foundation.

    What's needed is a better way to distinguish good apps from bad apps; in the same way that we have on other OS's - especially Windows. Mozilla are pretty good with this on their Addons (there's a lot of crap, but you don't often see it) - I could see this going well.

    As for language and where it's run, I don't see as it's that important; developers should choose the best tool for the job.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"