Approximately 75% of the apps available from Google Play and the Apple AppStore will work on Mozilla’s Firefox Mobile Operating System according to the Product and Innovation Director at Telefonica, Carlos Domingo. He assured interested users that they will still be able to access a wide variety of applications after the company conducted research on both platforms. It was found that a majority of applications were written in HTML5 which, according to Domingo, “makes them really easy to port over to Firefox.”
Mozilla is currently in the process of building its own market place for apps, which should offer a diverse selection of applications designed for use on the new OS. The company is planning to launch its own mobile OS in 2013, with networks such as Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefnica and Telenor listed to support the launch.
The diversity and quality of apps on offer will make or break Mozilla’s mobile operating system. Facebook is nearing completion on its HTML 5 offering and it will be deeply integrated into the Firefox Mobile OS alongside Twitter. If Mozilla can convince developers to utilise HTML5 and provide an easy-to-use platform for both developers and users through its app marketplace, it could be quite competitive. It is a good starting point, but the interesting point is that Facebook is not yet ready for HTML5. It is apps such as this, and of this quality, which could mean the difference between a successful launch and a flop.