New Panasonic Smart TVs Running Firefox OS

New Panasonic Smart TVs Running Firefox OS

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Smart Homes Now recently attended the LG launch of their biggest Curved Super UHDTV.  It was pretty impressive but this next bit of news has us excited as well.

Panasonic has started shipping their new Viera Smart TVs running on the Firefox OS platform.

If you haven’t lived on a rock yet, Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, one of the best Internet browsers today, announced their new OS last January.

This new Operating System will work on any screen size whether it’s on a smartphone or a big-screen TV display.

Panasonic’s 2015 Smart TV models powered by the Firefox OS are the following: CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700 and CX680. These models are already available in Europe. We’ll likely see these Firefox OS-powered TVs launched in the Philippines in the coming months.

If you’ve used a Smart TV OS, you know that its capabilities are a tad limited. The browsing experience isn’t as snappy as doing it on a computer. And while some TVs have adapted gesture control, it’s still isn’t up to snuff when it comes to browsing experience on a computer. Or on Xbox Live using a Kinect device (try it, it’s fun).

With a Firefox OS running the show, Mozilla officials said that users will be able to enjoy a custom and connected web experience.

Panasonic Viera Smart TV runs Firefox OS for richer TV viewing and browsing experience

Panasonic Viera Smart TV runs Firefox OS for richer TV viewing and browsing experience

The Firefox OS is already optimized for HTML5. This will provide better performance of Web applications.

Developers will likely develop better user interfaces. That will equate to better and faster access to favorite channels, apps, web sites and content on other devices.

It’s great that the Firefox OS will find some foothold in connecting TVs and make TV viewing even better. But it’s a whole different ball game when it comes to smartphones and computers. It’ll be hard pressed to put a dent into Smarthphone and computer OS market. Apple and Android currently lord over the Smartphone OS market. They’ve killed off major OS competition such as Nokia, Microsoft and Blackberry.

It’ll have to go against the 900 pound gorilla that is Microsoft. It will also contend with Google’s Chrome and other entrenched alternative OSes.

But this is still a great development. This could be the Trojan Horse to supplant the entrenched OSes and change the way we browse the Internet. Maybe.

To find out more, check out the Mozilla Blog or click here


L. E. Perez is a gamer at heart but occasionally likes to write about technology and other things. Don't look for her on Xbox Live.

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