According to Wired.com, the Google Chrome App Store is set to launch is early December. As well, Mozilla has announced The Open Web App Ecosystem which reads essentially like their own version of Google Chrome App Web Store. Here is the feature list from the Mozilla Labs blog:
- Can be “installed” to a dashboard within your mobile or desktop Web browser, or to your native OS desktop or mobile home screen.
- Work in all modern Web browsers, while enabling each browser to compete on app presentation, organization and management user interfaces.
- Support paid apps by means of an authorization model that uses existing identity systems like OpenID.
- Support portable purchases: An app purchased for one browser works in other browsers, and across multiple desktop and mobile platforms without repurchase.
- Can request access to one or more advanced and/or privacy-sensitive capabilities that they would like access to (like geolocation) which the system will mediate, giving the user the ability to opt-in to them if desired.
- Can be distributed by developers directly to users without any gatekeeper, and distributed through multiple stores, allowing stores to compete on customer service, price, policies, app discoverability, ratings, reviews and other attributes.
- Can receive notifications from the cloud.
- Support deep search across apps: Apps can implement an interface that enables the app container (generally the Web browser) to provide the user with a cross-app search experience that links deeply into any app that can satisfy the search.
No mater what, the prospect of selling apps to end users through the web has just gotten a bit sweeter. We'll watch both of these closely in the coming months.