We have already blogged about the new range of Panasonic TVs for 2015, all of which will now run Firefox OS, which has been specially customised for this TVs.
]Panasonic have released a video showing some of the functions of the OS on the TV and just how smooth and pretty it is.
The new interface is a vast improvement visually on its predecessor. The home screen features a high-resolution, customisable photographic backdrop, with a row of large, brightly coloured icons superimposed on it.
Firefox OS is the first truly open mobile platform built entirely on Web technologies, bringing more choice and control to the mobile and TV industry. When customising the OS for the TVs the focus has been on making it even easier for users to quickly access their favorite content – including live TV, applications, websites and content on other devices. Also, for the first time, these Panasonic TVs powered by Firefox OS will allow TV on-screen notifications from applications, and, in the future, from compatible connected appliances.
Being built on HTML5 it should be a lot easier to produce apps for the TVs as well as cross compatibility across both mobile and TV platforms. This should allow Panasonic to ramp up the number of Apps available on the TV extremely quickly and Firefox have already demoed Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Vudu and others and the Firefox browser.
Some of the other key features of the 2015 Panasonic line up include HEVC and VP9 decoding built-in. The former allows you to take advantage of Netflix and Amazon Prime 4K streams while the latter is the codec of choice for Google and is used to encode 4K content on YouTube.
You will also be able to “Swipe and Share” that allows you to push video, photos and other content from your smartphone or tablet onto the TV via the Firefox browser (or compatible unspecified apps). It is not exactly Google Cast yet, but Mozilla is working on improving and expanding the system.
Finally Panasonic's new Life+Screen TVs feature Xumo Guide, which provides recommendations from multiple content sources based on users' viewing history and lets users search and browse for content across multiple apps and platforms.
We can wait to try out this years line-up, Panasonic already produce brilliant screens and having the smart featured powered by Firefox OS could mean they have the most beautiful and functional smart TVs on the market.