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Mozilla Labs Launches ‘Web Activities and Web Apps’ Experiments

Mozilla Labs, released a new version of the experimental OpenWebApps add-on for Firefox that now allows you to easily install and manage web applications in Firefox and aims to provide a tightly integrated app experience.

“With this release, you can try two new experimental features – Web Activities and App Discovery,” noted Mozilla.

Web Activities, is focused around the concept of linking apps together. “For example, if you use Flickr to share photos, then the Flickr Web App should let you easily share and integrate your Flickr photos with other Web Apps. If you use Twitter to share links with your friends, then other Web Apps should allow you to easily share via Twitter,” explained Mozilla.

To try out Web Activities, do the following:

  1. Install the Rainbooth Add-On.
  2. Take an awesome photo.
  3. Install and Authorize the Flickr Connector Web App (you’ll need a Flickr account).
  4. Click Send To in the Rainbooth Web App to automatically send the photo over to Flickr.

App Discovery is built around the notion that you should be able to discover interesting Web Apps as you browse the web. To try this, once you’ve installed the OpenWebApps add-on in Firefox, visit nytimes.com and you’ll see a prompt to install the awesome NY Times web app.

Note: We have faked this for the NY Times site to give you a sense and idea of what the experience might be as more web sites add support for browser-based App Discovery.

Watch Web Activities and App Discovery in action below:

[Source: Mozilla Labs]

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