Mozilla has announced that it will be launching a web app store next week, once the Mobile World Congress exhibition kicks off. Mozilla’s app store will focus on HTML5 and Mozilla-proposed API-centric applications that will let developers “write one app that runs across devices and platforms.”

According to a press release issued by Mozilla today:

[quote]The Mozilla Marketplace enables developers to create and distribute applications that work across HTML5-enabled devices and operating systems (OS). Mozilla is advancing the Web as a platform and closing the technology gap between Web and native apps, creating new APIs and putting developers back in control of every aspect of the app experience – from easy development and distribution to direct consumer interaction.[/quote]

While the app store will be available to developers next week, the doors will not open to the public until later this year. Since 2007, Mozilla’s Firefox has held pretty steady between 25 and 31 percent of browser market share; however, since 2009 the browser has begun slowly trending downwards sitting now at just 22.68 percent of the market, the lowest it’s been since 2008. Something tells us Mozilla is hoping that the new app store will turn around its fortunes. We’re not convinced.

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