Would You Want a Firefox Browser to Control Your Home TV?
The popular Internet browser looks to add simplicity to your smart TV experience.
Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas you are at the epicenter of the TV universe. You can’t walk 2 feet without being greeted by a gigantic television with a ridiculously awesome picture. Even brands you never new existed are selling TVs. But one web-based brand is looking to make a mark on family rooms across the globe: Mozilla’s Firefox.
Firefox you may know is a popular Internet browser that was one of the first to simplify the web browsing experience while adding plugins to enhance the info you search online. Now they are wanting to extend what they’ve done with the browser to an operating system for your TV.
I’m skeptical about new smart TV interfaces because I’m a firm believer that it’s the devices you connect to your TV (smartphone, Apple TV, Roku, etc.) that have the better interfaces and functionality than what you find on your smart TV. Firefox is looking to overcome those obstacles by setting up partnerships with TV makers, like Panasonic, to be the embedded OS for some of their new TVs.
The video below showcases some of the basic functions it offers, but I’m assuming that like their browser they will allow for independent software developers to be able to access a toolkit for creating additional functionality that could be added to their TV “app store.”
Check out the video below and let me know if you’d want Firefox on your TV. Personally I’d rather have Chrome…
Header image courtesy of Flickr user Mozilla in Europe