Apple’s App Store, Android Market, Amazon’s AppStore, Windows 8 and more. Developers can’t just write an app once if they want to reach the broadest market.
Instead developers and publishers with limited resources have to place their bet on a platform or two and hope it pays off. On the flip side, consumers may find many of the apps they like aren’t available for all the devices they own.
Enter Mozilla, the nonprofit organization between the Firefox browser, which says its new Mozilla Marketplace will give developers an online store for apps they only have to write once to run across a range of devices such as smartphones and tablets.
“We are enabling the Web to be the marketplace, giving developers the opportunity to play on the biggest playing field imaginable,” said Todd Simpson, Mozilla’s Chief of Innovation, in a release. “By building the missing pieces, Mozilla is now unlocking the potential of the Web to be the platform for creating and consuming content everywhere.”
Mozilla claims the “write once, deploy everywhere” nature of the platform will massively reduce the cost of creating, versioning and maintaining applications. Ultimately, the organization says, Mozilla Marketplace will enable “a truly open, standards-based Web that advances opportunity and innovation for all.”
Mozilla plans to show off the Mozilla Marketplace at next week’s Mobile World Congress and where developers will be able to submit apps. More information is available at Mozilla's website.
As for specific criteria for acceptance into its online store, Mozilla said it will have more details to share in the weeks ahead.
"We wiill be implementing a review process for apps submitted to the marketplace to ensure quality, security, privacy and user experience. We believe this will help developers succeed while also delighting users," Mozilla said in a statement emailed to TabTimes.