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Firefox OS Comes To Smart TVs

Mozilla wants in on the race to control the living room.


Dan Rowinski January 06, 2014 Mobile

Mozilla doesn’t want to be a laggard in the race to control the smart television. So it’s just partnered with Panasonic, which will use Firefox OS to run its smart televisions.

The televisions will run the browser-based operating system just like a smartphone would, taking advantage of Mozilla’s HTML5-based operating system and running on the company’s open source WebAPIs.

Mozilla described the new partnership in a press release:

With the launch of this new open platform, Panasonic’s next generation smart TVs will gain full compatibility with Web technologies and HTML5 standards used for cloud services and various future networked devices. By using new Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs for hardware control and operation, Panasonic’s next generation smart TVs will also be capable of monitoring and operating devices inside and outside of the home, such as smart home appliances.

Connected TVs are nothing new in the consumer gadget market, but none of them have really caught on yet. Their interfaces tend to be wonky and difficult to use, particularly where inputting information is concerned. Google TV was supposed to be one of the big things in the connected TV market, but has proven to be mostly a failure at this point. The long-awaited Apple TV is still just a glimmer in Apple’s eye, if that.

Many users put off by smart TVs are gravitating toward streaming boxes and dongles like the Roku, Chromecast or Apple TV. This is in part because TVs aren’t like other consumer gadgets that are updated every few years. You buy a TV, you are going to have it for five or more years, whether it has Wi-Fi capability, apps and browser capabilities or not. Hence, the external gadgets that connect TVs have proven hugely popular over the last couple of years.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, set manufacturers are shouting that they are part of the connected content game. LG today announced that it is bringing the once-defunct webOS mobile operating system to televisions. Companies like Google may have to fight to continue to get Android-powered TVs and connected devices to market (though Google has done well with the Chromecast) as some of the biggest TV manufacturers in the world start going with other solutions.


How Much Are You Willing To Pay For A New Apple Television?

Currently, if you were to surf Best Buys online store for smart televisions in the screen range between forty two inches and fifty five inches, you may notice the average price range for such a television is anywhere between eight hundred dollars and seventeen hundred dollars. With rumor to believe an Apple smart television is on its way, the retail price is suggested to be anywhere between fifteen hundred and two thousand dollars which means you will be paying a much larger amount solely for the big Apple logo slapped on the Television set.

Now, the reason why Apple has not yet tried to make way into the Television business just yet is because, well, it is simply not the companies forte nor something they desperately need to focus on. However, with this being said the rumored Apple Television is still just that, a rumor and until we hear more from Apple directly we must cross our fingers and hope Apple will come out with something genius to set them selves apart in the Television market.

Jame McQuivey gave his own opinion on his Forrester Research Blog stating the following:

“Here’s me putting on the record what I’ve been telling clients behind closed doors for more than a year: Apple should sell the world’s first non-TV TV. Instead of selling a replacement for the TV you just bought, Apple should convince millions of Apple fans that they need a new screen in their lives. Call it the iHub, a 32-inch screen with touch, gesture, voice, and iPad control that can be hung on the wall wherever the family congregates for planning, talking, or eating — in more and more US homes, that room is the dining room or eat-in kitchen. By pushing developers to create apps that serve as the hub of family life — complete with shared calendars, photo and video viewers, and FaceTime for chatting with grandma — this non-TV TV could take off, ultimately positioning Apple to replace your 60-inch set once it’s ready to retire.”