Hello Firefox OS Enthusiasts. A while ago, the Mozilla Developers have announced that they have teamed up with many mobile phone carriers and manufacturers, in order to standardize the Firefox OS mobile operating system. Also Via Technology has offered Firefox OS their support.
At CES 2014, Mozilla has announced that they have partnered up with Panasonic, in order to deliver Smart TVs running Firefox OS and to be the first that take the HTML5 technology to the TV market.
This collaboration came well for both parties. The Panasonic SmartTVs get their functionality expanded, enabling the users to access the web, leverage cloud services optimized for the web and access streaming services, while Firefox OS wins popularity on the Japanese technology market.
Most probably, the Panasonic SmartTVs running Firefox OS will be released in the second half of 2014.
For those who don’t know yet, Firefox OS is a new Linux based mobile operating system, built by using the new HTML5 technology by the Mozilla developers. For now, it is used as default on smartphones with modest hardware specs, developed by LG, ZTE, Alcatel and Geeksphone. It has been also ported experimentally on the Google Nexus 7 tablet, but there are some apps that don’t work yet. The latest version available is Firefox OS 1.2, which has been released in mid-December, 2013.
Also, there are rumors that Tizen and Firefox OS will unify, in order to have more chances to become important Android and iOS competitors.