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Yes, Mozilla have launched an online marketplace. But it’s not yet for everyone… especially the faint-hearted. The Firefox Marketplace welcomes early adopters and testers who are using Firefox for Android Aurora.

If you remember, Aurora itself is the highly-experimental Firefox browser for mobiles and tablets on the Android platform. The Marketplace is a showcase and a precursor for the full development of the Firefox OS which is the planned platform for low-end smartphones that will run on web technologies and not full-fledged mobile apps as we know them.

The Firefox Marketplace is positioned as a breeding ground for apps that will run on web technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, and tap into the Web APIs of online services. The blog post on Mozilla said:

Just last year, we started working to turn the Web into a viable apps development platform. We created the Firefox Marketplace to allow developers to build, distribute and monetize rich, immersive apps that use Web technologies like HTML, JavaScript and CSS.

The Firefox Marketplace is still very bare bones. It has a smattering of apps from the likes of Distant Orbit, Jauntly, Todoist, Soundcloud and Twitter. The games category is nicely populated with around 116 games. Payments, ratings, reviews, and other features will be added as the marketplace evolves and support for other platforms also opens up. Please note that The Firefox Marketplace for now is available only with Firefox for Android Aurora.

Source: Mozilla Blog

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  1. Alae Hatoum
    October 23, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I used to be such an enthusiast for Firefox but ever since version four things were never the same and I struggled to keep it as my default browser when Chrome was much faster and less likely to crash or hog my computer ... at least that was my experience with it .
    Using a google based browser comes as natural as using an android device , its part of the whole google experience and how seamless everything seems to integrate together .
    Good luck to the Mozilla team and I do hope they make a splash , its better them than people like Microsoft or Apple , they really had some innovative ideas with firefox but unfortunately I don't think they are keeping up .. Again good luck to them and nice that they are targeting the low-end smartphones with web based apps

    • Saikat Basu
      October 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Mozilla is Open Source and it will always be an uphill struggle against companies like Microsoft and Google. But their efforts have always been commendable.

  2. vineed gangadharan
    October 23, 2012 at 7:12 am

    hmmm nice i have heard of rumors mozilla releasing new OS....boot2mego something like that :|

  3. salim benhouhou
    October 23, 2012 at 7:04 am

    awesome have to check it out

  4. Boni Oloff
    October 23, 2012 at 6:43 am

    So, Firefox gonna make it's own OS. But they make an android market.
    Everyone trying to make their own OS.

  5. Boni Oloff
    October 23, 2012 at 6:41 am
  6. Dino Pearsons
    October 23, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Well, I'm glad to see that they're trying, but I honestly avoid using Firefox for Android. It's a good concept, but it still doesn't work as advertised. The default Webkit-based browser and variations on it still work much better.

    I'm really starting to think that Webkit is a superior rendering engine.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 23, 2012 at 4:52 am

      Hey Dino, thanks for the user insight. It is still very immature and their target market seems to be the low-end phones which don't have powerful processors. So, if it comes off it could be a useful niche.

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