Mozilla Says Android Phones Can Run Firefox Web Apps
Mozilla recently revealed how Android devices can install and run Firefox-based Open Web Apps. Users will need to install the latest version of the Firefox Browser (version 29). They'll then be able to access an online app store run by Mozilla and download Open Web Apps, which are based on HTML5. The Open Web Apps may use HTML5, but they can be installed, updated, and uninstalled like native apps. Once installed, they show up in the app drawer just like regular apps. Further, they are capable of accessing individual hardware features of the Android phone, such as the camera. Mozilla is encouraging people to download and try the apps, as well as coax developers into creating more. Mozilla is separately working on its own mobile OS, which is based on Linux, similar to Android. Earlier this week Mozilla said it is close to releasing $25 smartphones in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia.