Developers of web apps that use the Cordova platform will be able to release those apps on phones running Mozilla's Firefox OS.
The Apache Cordova framework allows developers to port their apps to many mobile platforms without having to significantly rewrite code or sacrifice too much functionality.
Mozilla yesterday announced that apps built around Cordova can be released on Firefox OS, its mobile operating system released last year. "Significant" support for Firefox OS was added to Cordova in its version 3.4 release yesterday. Cordova already supports Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows Phone.
"Over the past few months, Mozilla has been working with the Cordova team to integrate Firefox OS into the Cordova framework, making it possible to release Cordova apps on the Firefox OS platform," according to the Mozilla blog post.
PhoneGap, the Adobe-owned popular platform for cross-platform mobile app development, is a distribution of Apache Cordova.
Mozilla has created a how-to for developers wanting to get started creating Cordova apps on Firefox OS, demonstrating simple apps that can access the compass and accelerometer on Firefox OS handsets.
Reviews of early Firefox OS handsets, such as the ZTE Open, have criticised a lack of responsiveness, slow speed and the basic functionality of apps. However, the OS is being updated frequently, with new releases every quarter. Mozilla has also said that higher end Firefox OS phones will be released this year.
Early Firefox OS handsets have been launched in countries where smartphone ownership is relatively rare, such as Latin America, as part of Mozilla's strategy to provide an "affordable, smartphone that brings the web and brings mobile to people who don't have it already".