Panasonic has been a supporter of the Firefox OS for TVs since it was announced. Now they are releasing new TVs with Firefox OS starting sometime this spring.
“Through our partnership with Mozilla and the openness and flexibility of Firefox OS, we have been able to create a more user friendly and customizable TV UI. This allows us to provide a better user experience for our consumers providing a differentiator in the Smart TV market,” said Masahiro Shinada, Director of the TV Business Division at Panasonic Corporation.
“We’re happy to partner with Panasonic to bring the first Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS to the world,” said Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO. “With Firefox and Firefox OS powered devices, users can enjoy a custom and connected Web experience and take their favorite content (apps, videos, photos, websites) across devices without being locked into one proprietary ecosystem or brand.”
This new round of devices marks a renewed dedication to the FireFox TV OS platform. Well the market share for FireFox TV OS is still limited the increased competition is good for cord cutters. With Android TV, FireFox TV OS, Roku TV and Web OS being the 4 main smart TV OS systems it is now easier than ever for app makers to release apps across several different platforms.
Hopefully as TV OS systems become more unified cord cutters will continue to benefit from the larger app markets.