While Firefox has been offering up Firefox OS to developers for some time, this is the first look at the mobile operating system’s app store.
From what we’ve seen of the current store, it’s a significant break from the top-level storefront we saw back in the Boot to Gecko days, not to mention Mozilla Marketplace on the desktop. The deeper exploration shows a minimalist store that’s focused on quickly delving into individual categories rather than an abundance of highlighted apps.
Android, iOS and Windows Phone… and soon there will be one more player, Mozilla. Mozilla has had a mobile phone OS called Boot 2 Gecko for a year, but it’s mainly just been geared towards open source tinkerers. Today, they announced that B2G would now be called ‘Firefox OS’, and would be coming to phone carriers internationally. The first Firefox OS phones will be in Brazil in 2013, with the US coming a little later.
In order to show off the power of HTML 5 to try and move people away from Flash, Mozilla has teamed up with Little Workshop to create a cute little SNES style MMO called BrowserQuest that one can play in one’s HTML 5 supported browser.
The official release date for Firefox 6 is this Tuesday the 16th, but if you want to try it out early, you can. There aren’t any real major UI changes in Firefox 6, instead, most of the differences are under the hood. Firefox 6 has improved speed and memory usage drastically, making it 20% faster than Firefox 5.