Mozilla has just launched its roadmap for 2012 and one of the big issues in it is the Mozilla App Store that is soon to be launched. The Mozilla Roadmap, which itemises issues the organization will focus on, highlights the issues that Mozilla will be laying emphasis on going forward.
The Mozilla Apps 2012 Roadmap is one of these issues and targets a number of significant issues that Mozilla plans to target in the year. This includes “dismantling” the closed app store ecosystems that are currently in place. The diagram below shows what Mozilla means by closed app store ecosystem.
The organization plans to challenge this through a number of efforts. The first comes from the belief that Mozilla holds that Internet is and should always by the supreme “platform”, over and above other platforms such as Android and iOS. To prove this point, Mozilla plan to:
- Taking existing web rendering engines (Gecko/Webkit) as a base.
- Adding native OS integration features for things such as installing, launching, managing Apps.
- Adding additional capabilities such as device APIs, permissioning models, improving offline execution of Apps etc.
- Integrating services directly into the run-time such as Identity, Sync, Notifications etc