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Mozilla: No need for app stores with mobile Firefox

By Justin
Dec 18, 2009
  1. The success of Apple's App store changed the world's opinion about the future of mobile computing. Billions of downloads and mountains of cash were enough to convince Microsoft, Google, RIM and many others that lightweight app development was vital for smartphones in the years ahead. Mozilla, however, has other plans.

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  2. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 981   +31

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating. First let mobile Firefox arrive, work on a multitude of platforms, prove to be fast, compatible and convenient to use, then we'll talk.

    I tried the available version on my Windows Mobile phone and found it underwhelming.
     
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Maniac Posts: 1,073   +100

    I agree with ET3D. Firefox will have a very tough fight ahead. But i would still love to see apple suffer a bit ^_^
     
  4. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Will be interesting to see what comes of this. Not sure i think they will do away with app stores though. Apple will probably just block this firefox mobile anyway.
     
  5. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 632

    The app store is just a nickel and dime factory to begin with, it would be nice to see a more logical/ethical business model down the road. Unfortunately from what I've read so far Fennec is a little lackluster. The point is valid though, most apps are just an interface to deal with a website you normally go to on your PC.
     
  6. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 981   +31

    I think that a good mobile browser will allow third party game stores, and that's possibly what Mozilla is talking about. On the PC there are quite a few web based app and game stores. Actually, the Orange store on my phone is web based, too, so it's not like it's not already happening in Mobile. It's just that a good fully specced browser will likely make this experience more feature rich and streamlined.
     
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