Panasonic has announced its 2015 Smart TV range will run on Firefox OS, which is usually restricted to smartphones.
During its CES 2015 press conference, Panasonic announced a partnership with Mozila that will see it launch Firefox OS-powered smart TVs this year.
It cryptically said it would launch other “smart screens” powered by Firefox OS this year too.
The aim is to be able to offer consumers more personalised and optimised access to web and media content on their TV, especially when it comes to utilising HTML5 technologies.
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“Through Panasonic’s partnership with Mozilla, we will create further innovation in smart TV technologies and features, which will take consumers to a whole new level of interaction and connectivity inside and outside of the home,” said Mr. Yuki Kusami, Director of the TV business division of Panasonic.
Panasonic also states that using Firefox OS will make it easier to write remote control apps, personalise the interface and integrate its TVs with home automation systems.
The company hasn’t offered many further details about its plans for Firefox OS, but the TV sets should be launched in the “latter part” of this year.
“We are very excited to partner with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS to more people on more platforms. As we see more partners supporting Firefox OS and the open Web, Firefox OS helps solidify open Web standards for smart screen solutions,” said Dr. Li Gong, Senior Vice President of Mobile Devices and President of Asia Operations at Mozilla. “This new platform enables developers and service providers to create a wide range of applications and services to deliver a new user experience. We see a strong alignment between the visions of Mozilla and Panasonic, and by combing our collective expertise and know-how, we will create amazing products together.”