Panasonic sticks with Firefox OS for smart TV range

Panasonic has announced its new line-up of smart TVs, and it seems Firefox OS is sticking around for another year.

The Japanese manufacturer turned to Mozilla’s flexible OS to drive its 2015 smart TV range. Back in December, however, Mozilla announced that it had halted development on the smartphone branch of Firefox OS, prompting questions about the platform’s future.

Any immediate concerns have just been allayed by Panasonic and Mozilla itself, both of which have confirmed that Firefox OS will power Panasonic’s 2016 TV line.

The Pansonic DX902 is the company’s new flagship TV, and it’s also the company’s first ‘Ultra HD Premium’ certified TV set.

Thanks to the company’s Studio Master HCX chips, HDR is being applied throughout the range to the DX902, DX802, DX750 and DX700 models. The DX902’s new Studio Master HCX+ chip, however, will provide “reference-class colour reproduction true to the filmmaker’s vision.”

A little further down the Panasonic press release, we get the confirmation that “Panasonic’s DX-series UHD TVs are powered by Firefox OS.”

We also learn that a new Firefox OS update later in the year will provide “new ways to discover Web apps and save them to your TV.” Web Apps will provide curated web content such as games, news, and video on demand services, all optimised for TV through an installation-free ‘click to watch’ UI.

Related: What is HDR TV?

Firefox OS will also be getting a seamless Firefox web browsing experience complete with “send to TV” feature for Android phones with the Firefox browser installed.

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Panasonic will be releasing its new Firefox OS-powered TV range later in the year.