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New Mobile OSs May Mean the End of the Closed App Store

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 In the coming months, three new mobile operating systems will launch: Firefox OS from Mozilla, Tizen (which came out of Nokia’s MeeGo platform but is now the brainchild of Intel and Samsung), and Ubuntu Phone, based on the wildly popular Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution.

These operating systems are all open source, which means vendors can tinker with them as they see fit and create entirely unique offerings for their consumers. But what’s most important about them is that all will provide for HTML5 applications. Developers will have the ability to quickly port their apps between the platforms, creating a much easier path to revenue-generation.

Right now, developers are forced to develop applications in languages that the two major operating systems – iOS and Android – support, and then deliver them to mobile marketplaces to await approval. If all goes well, they’ll gain approval and (hopefully) start generating some cash off their creations.

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