Today,Japanese electronics giant Panasonic announced a new deal with Mozilla that brings the browser maker’s mobile OS, Firefox OS, to televisions.
Panasonic announced its plans this morning at the giant 2015 International CES tradeshow in Las Vegas. The first Firefox OS-powered, “Life+Screen 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs” will ship “this spring,” Panasonic says.
Although this deal isn’t groundbreaking — smart TVs aren’t exactly new territory — it marks a milestone for Mozilla, which originally restricted the use of Firefox OS to handsets.
Even more interesting is Mozilla’s apparent plans to use this release as a jumping off point to enter the smart-home industry. “For the first time,” Mozilla said in a statement, “these Panasonic TVs powered by Firefox OS will allow TV on-screen notifications from applications, and, in the future, from compatible connected appliances.”
Here’s a closer look at the upcoming Firefox-OS powered TVs: