LG’s webOS TVs aren’t the only smart televisions powered by an operating system designed to run web apps. Panasonic has introduced its 2015 line of smart TVs with 4K Ultra HD displays… and they’re powered by Firefox OS.
Mozilla initially developed Firefox OS to run on smartphones and tablets, and it’s available on a handful of low-cost phones that are primarily available in developing markets. But recently we’ve seen Firefox OS leveraged for use in a Chromecast-like media streaming stick called the Matchstick that you can plug into a TV.
Now Panasonic’s 2015 line of Life+ Screen TVs will feature Firefox OS software.
Mozilla’s operating system will power the user interface and you’ll eventually be able to install TV-compatible apps from the Firefox Marketplace. The apps that will ship with Panasonic’s TVs for streaming video from Netflix and other sites will be developed by Panasonic, not Mozilla.
Panasonic’s Firefox OS TVs should begin shipping this spring. While the company isn’t showing off finished models yet, I did catch up with Mozilla to see a demo video that gives an idea of what the user interface will look like and how the apps will work.