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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Finch Conference Room
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)

Video/Teleconference Details - NEW

  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 99696 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 99696 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: ProductCoordination
  • Vidyo Guest URL
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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

  • Merge day has been moved from 2/18 to 2/19 due to Monday being a holiday in US/Ontario

Current Releases

  • FF18.0.2 went out yesterdy to resolve an issue making up 20% of our crash volume in FF18 (bug 831626)

Beta (129)

  • FF19b5 went to build today, released before the end of the week.
  • FF19b6 is going to build Monday, released by next Thursday
  • FF19 sign-offs will be held next Wednesday, 10AM PT in the ReleaseCoordination Vidyo room
  • FF19 will be released 2/19, alongside a new ESR17 release.

Aurora (54)

Nightly (130)

Firefox Metro

  • Iteration #1 - Completed:
    • Total value of iteration story points committed to: 102
    • Total value of iteration story points completed: 30
    • Total number of iteration stories committed to: 13
    • Total number of iteration stories completed: 5
    • Number of new Change Stories: Available Wednesday February 6 (EOD)
    • Number of new Defect Stories: Available Wednesday February 6 (EOD)
    • Iteration build has been reviewed by QA and Product Owner.
    • Defect and Change Stories will be presented to the team on Wednesday February 6.
  • Iteration #2:
    • Review and Planning session scheduled for Wednesday February 6.
    • Iteration #2 is scheduled to run from Thursday February 7 - Wednesday February 20.
  • Metro Wiki Updating:
    • All Iteration #1 statistics and Iteration #2 planning details will be available on the Metro Wiki on Wednesday February 6 (EOD).
  • Legacy Work:

Firefox Mobile

  • Merge day has been moved from 2/18 to 2/19 due to Monday being a holiday in US/Ontario

Current Releases

QA is testing the staged block list in order to repro spike in start up crashes possibly related to bug 838603 Startup crash spike on Android with abort message: "OpenGL-accelerated layers are a hard requirement on this platform [...]"

Beta (129)

Aurora (54)

Recent uplifts for prettier and more usable tabs:

  • bug 836043 - Use icons for tab switching in Tabs UI
  • bug 834525 - Update Tab thumbnail styling
  • bug 833812 - Tabs/Private/Synced menu pops up unexpectedly

Also approved for uplift:

  • bug 828892 - Favicons are missing for the default bookmarked pages besides about: ones

Nightly (130)

  • Regression fix: bug 837142 - Regression: about:home promo banner swaps on device rotation
  • Also fixed, bug 837215 - YouTube video's redirect on play; broken on tablets
  • Landed basic distribution support (preferences and lightweight themes) - bug 834681, bug 836517, bug 836838 <== it is soooo nice having Margaret BACK!
  • will be backing out bug 829596 which dropped the tablet token from the UA string on tablets


Product Announcements

  • Shipped in Fx18, lots of traffic so far, we're going to start testing post-MWC

Firefox Health Report

  • All known Talos issues are addressed
  • Working out followups with perf team
  • lco and shorlander working on design of the actual report, release TBD.

Add-on SDK

Release (1.12 -> Firefox 18, 19)

Stabilization (1.13 -> Firefox 19, 20)

Development (1.14 -> Firefox 20, 21)

Feedback Summary


No new emerging issues. Ramping up for 19. Firefox 18 Sentiment Report will ship later today with much of the feedback from the previous report included.


We've seen the Mobile startup crash on SUMO, but nothing dramtic otherwise. Still tracking slowness in 18, but will likely not have anything actionable before 19 is released.

User Experience (design & research)

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform



  • Apart from launching their new Blackberry 10 operating system, handsets, and renaming the company from Research In Motion to "Blackberry", the company made a number of blog posts and announcements regarding the application developer interest in porting apps to the new platform.


  • Google announced the outlines of their Pwnium competion, awarding up to $3.14159m for demonstrated vulnerabilities to their ChromeOS platform, not Chrome browser. Individual prizes of up to $150K will be awarded.
  • Google released "Find Your Way to Oz", another web technologies demo that makes use of WebGL, the Web Audio API, and other recent web advances. As is usually the case with these efforts, it works only in Google Chrome.
  • A Canadian market research firm surveyed consumers in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, and China, and found that Google was the world's most influential brand.
  • Google's online presentation builder now supports offline editing and display, but only if users are using the Chrome browser.

HTML5 Apps


  • Microsoft released, a set of tools and information resources for developers to make sure their websites work in Internet Explorer and "other modern browsers". It offers a review of the CSS and HTML in a site as well as free BrowserStack comparison testing, as well as VirtualBox VMs for testing the browser on other platforms.



  • New Android version distribution numbers put Gingerbread at 45.6%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 29%, JellyBean at 13.6% and Froyo at 8.1%.
  • Leaked information pointed to the spring of 2013 as the release date for the next version of Android, Key Lime Pie. The date lines up with the Google I/O event on the 15 to 17th of March.
  • Instagram opens full image feed to the Web and allows liking and commenting. These actions were previously only available in the native Instagram apps. The ability to take pictures and upload them is not available in browsers.
  • Deutsche Telekom delayed indefinitely the launch of Joyn and Rich Communications Suite technologies. The network operator quotes stability issues with the messenger service. Other backers of Joyn in the country, Vodafone Germany and O2 Germany (owned by Telefonica) have not announced a firm date for wide availability of Joyn services
  • Q4 results of tablet shipments show 52.5 million units, as counted by IDC. Apple was the biggest producer, with 22.9 million and 43%, followed by Samsung with 7.9 million and 15.1% and Amazon with 6 million and 11.5%. The overall market grew 75.3% Year - over - Year. For Q1 we can expect lower absolute shipment numbers, because Q4 is typically the biggest one due to the holiday season, but the market compared to last year's Q1 should be growing.
  • BlackBerry (ex - RIM), revealed BlackBerry 10 OS and 2 new devices, the Q10 and the Z10. One of the devices has the hardware BlackBerry keyboard, while the other one is full touch - screen. The new version of the OS makes use of gestures, a more natural way of operating hardware than taps, centralizes all of the updatable, personal information of the user (a concept similar to Windows Phone's home screen dashboard) and is able to switch between personas of the user, to cater to business users who might want to shut off those communications while at home. Press reviews of the new devices were mostly neutral.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Questions, Comments, FYI

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