Mozilla Launching Cross-Platform App Store Later This Year, Submissions Open Next Week

Calling all developers: if you know your way around HTML5 and JavaSrcipt and have a great idea for an app, Mozilla wants to hear from you. The web-friendly nonprofit has just announced their intention to launch a new cross-platform app market later this year, and the submission process is slated to start next week at Mobile World Congress.

The initiative ties into Mozilla’s focus on developing the web as a platform for rich content, and they hope to do so by providing developers with the tools needed to create great things.

“By building the missing pieces, Mozilla is now unlocking the potential of the Web to be the platform for creating and consuming content everywhere,” said Mozilla Chief of Innovation Todd Simpson.

To help their burgeoning web apps platform take shape, Mozilla has proposed a number of APIs that “advance the web as a platform.” Mozilla will also aid their web apps platform with the creation of an identity system that binds apps to users rather than their devices. Though Mozilla declined to mention how the identity system would be implemented, it’s likely we’ll see their BrowserID system rear its head once more.

While Mozilla’s platform-agnostic approach means that these apps will be able to run on any HTML5-capable device, the creation of a new app store isn’t just a win for cross-platform idealogues.

Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko (B2G) team has been hard at work since last July on developing a web-oriented mobile operating system, and Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich mentioned recently intimated on Twitter that Mozilla would be revealing B2G partners at MWC.

Developer support in the form of apps is critical for the major mobile platforms. Between the development of the app store and the news of potential partnership agreements, Boot To Gecko has the potential to become a viable competitor. While the blocks slowly seem to be falling into place, Mozilla has remained mum on whether or not they’ll have a B2G handset ready to check out on the MWC show floor.