A couple of years ago Mozilla tried its hands at the Mobile OS and had tied up with Intex for the same. However, the idea really could not take off and with that all the big (and bold plans) it had for its mobile OS went in cold storage.
We thought this would perhaps be the last of what we might hear about this OS. We also had read up news reports that suggested Mozilla will be pulling the plug off the Firefox OS by May this year.
However, we are now hearing that Panasonic has announced that it will be deploying the Firefox OS which will power its new DX-series UHD Televisions.
Panasonic TVs powered by Firefox OS are already available worldwide. These televisions have customisable screens that have “quick access” to Live TV, Apps and personal connected devices. Panasonic now plans to upgrade the DX-series UHD TVs with a new version of Firefox OS later this year. We thought that given that Firefox was not able to get a momentum in the mobile space, Panasonic might ditch this and stick to something as conventional as Android for its Smart TV.
It is noteworthy that LG too is using its WebOS for its smart TVS. It will be interesting to see how this space evolves in the future.