Mozilla takes first steps with Firefox Marketplace
Last week saw the release of Firefox Marketplace, available to brave early adopters and testers who are using Firefox for Android Aurora. It’s one for those interested in HTML 5 web apps rather than native equivalents (for example you could download a twitter app for running in Firefox rather than using a native Android-specific twitter app…)
Note this is very much an alpha release, to test the waters, and Mozilla says it still has to add “payments, ratings, reviews and more”.
What are the steps involved if you are brave enough to give this a go? Mozilla.org writes:
1. Download Firefox Aurora on your Android phone
2. Open Firefox Aurora and in the Options Menu, choose “Apps” (if you don’t see “Apps” as an option, choose “Tools” then “Apps”)
3. Browse the Marketplace, install and use apps
4. Click settings (in the Options Menu), then tap on “Feedback” to let us know what you think
The Firefox Marketplace will initially be available with Firefox for Android Aurora. Support for Firefox OS and Firefox on other platforms will come in the future.
Bill Walker, Engineering Manager at Mozilla Labs, writes:
Our goal is to collect as much real-life feedback as possible about the Marketplace’s design, usability, performance, reliability, and content. Feedback from early adopters helps us enhance the quality of the Marketplace before it is released to larger audiences.
In addition to being a cool site, Firefox Marketplace also offers APIs for app submission, payments, and app discovery. Like everything Mozilla does, this ecosystem is always open – users have choices and developers have control over their content, functionality and distribution.