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Mozilla launches Firefox marketplace for Android

Now available in the Aurora development version of Firefox
Fri Oct 19 2012, 15:06
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has launched a preview edition of its integrated Firefox marketplace for Android developers.

Available now in the Aurora development version of Firefox for Android, the feature includes a number of "showcase apps" in the areas of games, productivity and news and media that users can browse, install and use.

"This release gives developers a means to get feedback on their apps as the Marketplace grows and progresses," Mozilla said on its blog. "At Mozilla, we develop in the open and this initial release will help lead the way for future Marketplace Aurora, Beta and Firefox OS releases in 2013."

For now, the Firefox Marketplace is for free apps only, but Mozilla said it aims to build its store into a channel that enables developers "to build distribute and monetise rich, immersive apps that use Web technologies like HTML, JavaScript and CSS".

The first apps that are ready for testing in the marketplace are Distant Orbit, Jauntly, Soundcloud and Twitter.

Mozilla said it's "still early days" for Firefox Marketplace Aurora, saying it will be "adding payments, ratings, reviews and more soon".

Last week, Mozilla embarrassingly pulled Firefox 16 just hours after releasing it, citing security vulnerabilities. The firm's director of security assistance, Michael Coates urged those who have downloaded Firefox 16 to revert back to Firefox 15.0.1 as soon as possible and posted instructions for those wanting to downgrade. However, he also said users could stick with Firefox 16 and wait for the impending patch. µ

 

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