Planning Meeting Details
- Wednesdays - 11:00am PT, 18:00 UTC
- Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
- Toronto Offices: Finch Conference Room
- irc.mozilla.org #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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- 1 Actions from Last Week
- 2 Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases
- 3 Feedback Summary
- 4 UX & User Research
- 5 Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team
- 6 Marketing, Press & Public Reaction
- 7 Questions, Comments, FYI
- 8 Actions this week
Actions from Last Week
Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases
- Firefox 22 Post-Mortem yesterday
- Firefox 23.0beta4 (Desktop) shipped yesterday, two betas a week is going well
- Next Beta going to build tomorrow
- Mixed Content Blocking looking good, no major support issues or red flags from top sites
- Iteration #10 finishes this Friday on July 12.
- Good possibility of development completion date not shifting from December 6 this iteration.
- QA has 8 stories left to review for Iteration #9 regression testing.
- Draft Metro Q3 goals will be reviewed with Product today.
39 Total; 0 Open (0%); 18 Resolved (46.15%); 21 Verified (53.85%);
- Beta Reviews are looking good, a couple of positives around x86 support
- Dynamic URL Bar is good to go from security and privacy standpoint but we do need to converge on some final blockers which include: bug 853986, bug 890006, bug 877602, bug 886576
- FHR: We are good to go from a privacy standpoint upon the fixing of about:healthreport's bug 890104 which Laura has jumped on, thanks. We are also needing bug 888440 to be fixed prior to 08/06 GA
- Uplifting (yay) bug 872806 - Distribution support for add-ons
- Getting sec reviews lined up for: NFC Bump for tab sharing, Geolocation services, WebRTC
- en-GB, sv-SE and ca-ES are on track
- We are getting super close to turning SkiaGL ON for Android
- Also getting close to landing page actions
- We are on track to add: Ukrainian (ua-UK), Irish (ga-IE), South African English (za-EN)
- Check out the Settings UI cleanup in the latest nightly an note this recent addition to the effort :bug 891115 - [Meta] Move add-ons management into Settings
- feeling poorly today, no audible. :(
- uplift patch for Jetpack bug 878877 should be ready today, ping Mossop for the gory details.
- Jetpack: Place API and Australis work landed and stuck for Q2. Q3 projects spinning up: add-on devtools.
- Devtools: remote inspector landing in meaty chunks, planning Q3 projects: authoring, resourcemaps.
Feedback around HiDPI font changes in 22 has decreased. We'll be updating our existing SUMO article and would suggest offering a snippet to point users to the article.
No update, Firefox 22 is awesome.
UX & User Research
Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team
Desktop / Platform
- Google released Chrome 28 with Blink rendering engine replacing Webkit  for Windows and Chrome OS. Also in Chrome 28 are fixes for critical security vulnerabilities  and rich notification capabilities currently used by a few services - Gmail, Google Drive, Spotify, RSS feeds, Ouistiti, etc . The Blink fork from Webkit attempts to remove unnecessary code, optimizes bottlenecks in rendering, utilizes code parallelism more often,  and gives Google greater freedom to introduce new features via its services while offering the same to developers.
- Google requiring browser conformity certification for Smart TVs to get YouTube content . Samsung needed 3 months to get that certification. This is being seen in the market as potentially a move to force adoption of Android-based Google TVs instead of open HTML5.
- Opera employee reveals that they swapped Presto with Chromium as the rendering engine to focus on innovation in the browser rather than untangled Presto’s code throughout the browser . This helped Opera 15 focus on Speed Dial (bookmarks in browser window), Stash (research collections), Discover (pre-selected content), and Off-road Mode (SPDY for faster rendering).
- Amazon is quietly testing streaming Flash videos to Silk browsers on Kindle Fire  by splitting workload between the cloud and the device. The difference in Amazon's attempt from similar attempts in Opera and iSwifter on Apple is its use of AWS to scale to vast volumes of such content, reducing a few negatives associated with Flash.
- Google is preparing for the launch of the first Motorola device designed by the company. The OEM logo has been revised and added the tagline "a Google company". A teaser ad for the phone has been put out that reveals that the user value proposition revolves around having been produced in the US and allowing greater customization on the part of the user. Tagline: "Designed by you. Assembled in the USA."
- Google continues its strategy to deconstruct the operating system by allowing more of its parts to be changed and downloaded individually from the Google Play Store.
- Android version distribution numbers for July show Jelly Bean with 37.9% has passed Gingerbread (34.1%) as the most used platform. They are followed by Ice Cream Sandwich with 23.3. All of the other Android version have less than 4%. Important because it shows a slow down of Android fragmentation, also facilitated by the lack of a Key Limi Pie launch at Google I/O this spring.
- The French competition authorities confirmed that they are reviewing the app stores of Apple, Google and Amazon for possible antitrust violations. The agency is worried about the user's (in)ability to switch once they purchase apps / content from the platform native app stores. A French newspaper also reported concerns around pricing rules that make economic feasibility difficult for developers.
- India has moved up to become the world's 3rd largest smartphone market, according to a report from Strategy Analytics. It is only preceded by China and the US. India is growing four times faster than the global average, with 165% year-over-year growth, compared with the global average of 38%. An important factor for the growth is improved distribution. Besides Apple and Samsung, there are a set of local brands that act in the country, such as Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, all Android OEMs.
Marketing, Press & Public Reaction
"“With no apparent weaknesses and generally strong finishes all-around, combined with near-native start times, greatly-improved hardware acceleration scores, and almost-perfect reliability, the latest version of Firefox soundly wins this installment of the Web Browser Grand Prix.”
- International Business Times: Firefox Vs. Chrome: Mozilla Takes Top Honors In Latest Web Browser Grand Prix
- A look at Firefox’s new Network Monitor
- Mozilla plans design overhaul for Firefox by October
- Congratulations Firefox Users, You're Paying Less for Car Insurance
- The 2013 Award for the Best Browser Goes to…
- Advertisers can pay AdBlock Plus to look the other way
- Windows 8 test program launching today -- goal is to acquire 2,500 Windows 8 users on our Nightly build
- Consumer Value Proposition Discovery: Research vendor has been selected
- Search Engine Optimization: Vendor selected, kickoff once paperwork is in order (new vendor, sigh)
- Australis: Currently creating Beta campaign strategy for Engagement team
- Indonesia Community Campaign: Viking finalizing campaign plan and goals - Johnath let's chat about this ; )
- Emerging Markets Paid Search Test: Launching a test to find this ad channels CADI (our new nifty acronym for "cost per ADI") in Brazil and Indo