Get a Firefox OS Smart TV from Panasonic Starting Today Michael Kwan May 15, 2015 News For the most part, it’s pretty safe to say that smart TVs have become a part of our technocultural norm. Most of us have come to assume that the typical off-the-shelf flat panel TV will have some smart functionality, even if the speed and interface aren’t up to snuff with our smartphones and tablets. And that’s the thing: the smart television UI has always needed a little work. And that’s why it might make sense to simply port over what we’re already using on our mobile devices, optimizing it for the big non-touchscreen experience of the living room. This isn’t quite the same as the Android TV dream just yet, but The Mozilla Blog has now formally announced the availability of Panasonic VIERA Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS. That’s the same OS found on a handful of smartphones being shipped around to select markets around the world. For the time being, these Firefox OS powered Panasonic smart TVs are only selling in Europe, but that should expand “in the coming months.” The objective here is that the “openness and flexibility” of Firefox OS can provide consumers with “a more user friendly and customizable TV UI,” according to Panasonic’s TV Business Division Director Masahiro Shinada. These smart TVS are optimized for HTML5 and offer “strong performance” for the web apps. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a mobile OS make the leap to the living room either. You might know about the LG smart TVs powered by webOS, for example. And let’s not forget about the Roku-powered smart TVs from Sharp and Insignia too. More and more, the companies making smart TVs are learning that they should leave the UI design to folks who are focused more on software. Whether or not Firefox OS is the best fit for your television remains to be seen. Have you tried them out? Share This With The World!