Yesterday, Google announced its chrome web store as a way to highlight web apps for Chrome.
The desire for the app store is model is one that Apple has already proven to be successful (albeit tightly controlled). With Google’s entry into the space for web apps, there are some larger questions that need to be asked about the need for app stores and the need for openness in those stores.
Mozilla is also looking at the app store model with critical eyes. In a blog post today, Mozilla developer Jay Sulivan outlined a number of high-level principles that should guide the Open Web App store model.
Among Sullivan’s principles is that the open app store hosts standards based apps that don’t lock-in users. He also has a few great ideas on the whole approval process for app entry to an open store.