Mozilla is getting into the app store game with the introduction of Mozilla Marketplace — a store for apps based on web technologies including HTML5 and Mozilla APIs.
Google already has a similar app store called the Chrome Web Store, where developers can share apps for use in the Chrome web browser or Chrome OS operating system.
Mozilla Marketplace could be a bit different though — because while developers can submit apps that will run in the Firefox web browser, Mozilla is also working on a new mobile operating system called Boot to Gecko which is based on web technologies. In other words, web apps designed for Firefox should run on smartphones with B2G as well.
Since the apps are built using web languages though, they may not need a Mozilla browser or operating system to run at all. If you have an HTML5 compatible browser, you should be able to run many of the apps from the Marketplace.
In fact, Mozilla is describing the Marketplace as:
Mozilla wills tart taking app submissions from developers at Mobile World Congress next week and plans to launch the store to the public later in 2012.
Interestingly, there’s already a Mozilla Marketplace. It’s the name of the Mozilla Store where you can buy T-shirts, mugs, and other products.