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Firefox tests Marketplace on Android

Mozilla has made its Aurora Marketplace available for preliminary use on Android mobile, in order to gain an insight into what users think of it.

With Firefox OS set to be unleashed soon, Mozilla needs to test its marketplace (opens in new tab) and apps somewhere to ensure they work as intended and to discover what may need tweaking.

Bill Walker, Mozilla Labs' engineering manager, wrote on Mozilla Hacks (opens in new tab), "We're hoping that Aurora users, our awesome early adopters, will go experience the Firefox Marketplace on their Android phones and let us know what they think."

Android users running Aurora can check the platform out now, but will probably be unable to install any of the apps at this moment in time. It is not available on the desktop yet but the apps will work on both mobile and desktop devices when the service proper is released.

(opens in new tab)The marketplace has long been accessible to developers but is only just open to ordinary users.

Mozilla is not only eager to receive any sort of feedback it can, but it is also encouraging users to design and submit their own apps. Walker continued, "We need your feedback, and we need your Apps! Get Firefox Aurora for Android (opens in new tab), learn about the Marketplace, and post your Apps to the Firefox Marketplace."

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, Newsweek, and ITProPortal.