Firefox OS Smart TVs Are Now Available in Europe
Mozilla announced plans to bring smart TVs with their Firefox OS in partnership with Panasonic, over an year ago. Finally, the Firefox OS powered smart TVs are now available in Europe. The company plans to release these TVs in other regions in the near future.
Panasonic Viera smart TVs have 6 models available in the European market. These models that are powered by Mozilla’s Linux-based OS include CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700, and CX680. Prices of these TVs will vary depending on the model you choose.
For instance, if you choose to pick-up the CX700 model, it is currently on sale in the United Kingdom for £1,000. The company said a full worldwide release is planned “in the coming months.”
The OS in question was first shown back in 2012; it was to be an alternative operating system for mobile and tablet devices. It hasn’t gain much traction among users of such devices and it remains to be seen how well it does when it comes to smart TV sets.
Firefox OS is facing some hefty competition from Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android that is dominating the market. Also, who can rule-out Microsoft Windows OS.
On smart TVs, Firefox OS is offering HTML5 support along with web apps. This will allow developers to port existing apps to the Firefox OS without a hassle.
Firefox OS has a much better chance of success in the smart TV market compared to smartphones.