Mozilla is taking its first step toward building an ecosystem of web apps and challenge both Google and Apple with a completely open alternative. Details are pretty sketchy at the moment but the company has announced a first developer release of its Web Apps Project along 17 demo applications, stable APIs, developer utilities and documentation to help people get a jumpstart on building Web Apps.
There isn't a lot to see yet. The demos are basically just links to other websites and don't include any particular design tweaks to make them feel more app-like. However, eventually Mozilla plans to add native browser controls, OS integration, and mobile device syncing. The video below provides a teaser of the kinds of functionality users can expect from Mozilla's Web App Store, which includes things like launching applications with a single click, enabling them to interface with certain websites, or creating widgets to get updates from your favorite sites.