Mozilla has announced that they are working on a web push notifications system that would work on desktops and mobile devices.
Users would be able to get notifications even when they are not running the relevant website on their devices.
The service would of course require permission from the user to send the notifications.
This can come handy for web services like email, social networks etc. Google Chrome already offers a similar feature but it requires the app to be running in one of the tabs on the browser. And it does not work on mobile devices.
Mozilla’s attempt could become a global standard in the future if it is accepted by the rival browser developers.
This would come very useful on mobile devices where web apps lack this functionality which makes them a lot less useful compared to native apps.