Panasonic Embraces Mozilla's FirefoxOS
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The Firefox OS effort first began back in 2011 under the name Boot to Gecko (B2G) and was rebranded Firefox OS in July 2012. Gecko is the name of the core rendering engine that powers Firefox, and the idea of B2G was to have a thin Linux base tightly integrated with Firefox as the foundation of a new operating system. In 2013, the first Firefox OS smartphones began to enter the market.
Now consumer electronics giant Panasonic is jumping into the fray with a new Firefox OS-powered smart TV effort. Merwan Mereby, Panasonic's U.S. vice president of the Interactive Content and Services Group, told eWEEK the Firefox OS support will land on Panasonic smart TVs later in 2014 on a global basis.
"We share a mutual vision—that is, we want to support an open and independent platform based on HTML 5—and we found that the Mozilla Firefox OS platform is the ideal way for us to accomplish that vision," Mereby said. "We're starting with smart TVs, but this could potentially go through the entire Panasonic ecosystem."