Firefox OS

Mozilla sent out invites to a press event during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, where the company said it promises to show off the latest Firefox OS devices. We had our first look at Mozilla’s mobile operating system last year during the show, but a lot has changed over the past 12 months. In fact, what was once an operating system destined for emerging markets has become something much bigger.

During CES 2014, for example, Mozilla announced a new partnership with Panasonic in which it will use Firefox OS to power the company’s new smart TVs, expanding the reach of Firefox OS outside of the mobile market. Of course, Mozilla will compete against webOS in this space, which was revitalized when LG announced that it will power its smart TVs.

We hope to see all of this on display during Mobile World Congress, in addition to new Forefox OS handsets, likely from ZTE, another partner. The company has also been hard at work optimizing Firefox OS for tablets, so perhaps we’ll see an early look at its work in that space, too. One thing we’ll be watching for: whether or not Firefox OS has developed enough to become a real contender against low-cost Android handsets. Stay tuned for our coverage during the show.